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Neendoor Subrahmanya Swami Temple – Festival

Neendoor Subrahmanya Swami temple is located at Neendoor in Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Murugan or Subrahmanya. The 6-day annual festival in the temple concludes on the Shukla Paksha Sashti day in Meda Masam (April – May).

The annual festival begins with kodiyettam and concludes with arattu procession.

The popular belief is that Sage Vyasa and Pandavas had performed pujas in the temple.

An important offering in the temple is otta naranga mala.

The sankalpa of Subrahmanya here is that of Tharakasura Nigraha Bhavam. His Vel is held downwards and is an angry form. He has just annihilated the demon Tharakasura.

The temple has an east facing chathura sreekovil, namaskara mandapam, nalambalam and shrines of upa devatas. The main upa devatas worshipped here are Ganapathy, Goddess Durga, Dakshinamurti, Thooninmel Bhagavati (Goddess Bhadrakali), Sastha, Nagaraja and Brahmarakshas.

The annual festival is famous for ezhunnallathu, caparisoned elephants, colorful kavadi procession, traditional temple art forms and pujas and rituals.

Thaipooyam, monthly Sashti fasting and Skanda Sashti in Thula month are of importance in the temple.