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Perunninamkulam Shiva Temple – Story – Festival

Perunninamkulam Shiva temple is located at Perunninamkulam in Irumpanam near Tripunithura in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mahadeva or Shivan. The annual festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam. Shivratri is another important festival in the shrine.

Shiva temple at Perunninakulam is one of the four Shiva temples, consecrated by Parashurama in the region. Other 3 temples are at Thiruvankulam, Kureekkad, and Trikkathara. It is believed that Parashurama saw Shiva lying spread across all these places. So he built temples at places where he saw Siva’s head, nabhi, stomach and leg. The Prathishta in Perunninakulam Temple is considered as Swayambhoo - self-born.

The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi and Ayyappa.

The temple has a beautiful chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, kodimaram and chathura sreekovil.

The annual festival is famous for melam, ezhunnallathu, caparisoned elephants, panchavadyam and traditional performing art forms of Kerala. Shaiva pujas including homam, dhara and other rituals are part of the annual festival.