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Elakolloor Mahadevar Temple – Festival – No Sanctum

Elakolloor Mahadevar temple is located at Elakolloor near Konni in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva. The annual Shivratri festival in last week of February or first fortnight of March (Malayalam Kumbha Masam) is of great significance at Elakolloor temple.

The temple has no sreekovil or sanctum sanctorum. Shiva is worshipped under a Banyan tree. The sankalpam of Shiva here is that of Ardhanarishwara.

The annual Shivratri festival is famous for colorful, vibrant and huge ox and horse effigies (kala). It is pulled to the temple on the Shivratri day. Procession, caparisoned elephants, melam and tableau are part of the festival. The Shivratri festival is noted for abhishekam, dhara, Tantric pujas and rituals and homam. The temple is decorated with lamps and flowers on the occasion.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple include Goddess Bhagavathy and Ganapathy.

Mondays and Saturdays are important days in a week. Pradosham Vratam on the 13th day of a fortnight is observed here.

Ramayana Masam, Vrischika Masam (Mandala Kalam) and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam are important in the temple.