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Peruvaram Mahadeva Temple – Festival – History - Goddess Parvati - Shiva in Same Sanctum - Facing Opposite Direction

Peruvaram Mahadeva temple is located at North Paravur in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva or Mahadevar. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meda Masam and it concludes on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day. Shiva is worshipped here with his family members in the sanctum sanctorum.

Goddess Parvati and Shiva are worshipped in a single sreekovil in Peruvaram temple. Shiva faces east and Goddess Parvati faces west in the same sanctum sanctorum. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Sastha, Yakshi and Nagas.

The temple is believed to be nearly 800 years old. The shrine was the grama kshetram of Paravur which was one among the 64 villages formed by Parashurama in Kerala. The present temple was built by Paravur Thamburan. Tipu Sultan had attacked and looted this temple. It is said that Tipu Sultan could not take away the golden flat pole in the temple and therefore he had buried it in the north side of the temple.

The popular belief is that having Nirmalya darshanam in the temple for 41 days will help in solving problems in life especially that of job and marriage. One thousand pot abhishekam, Ksheeradhara and Kalabham are some of the important offerings.

During the annual festival in the temple, Murugan from Mantham Subrahmanya temple arrives at the temple to participate in the festival. The most important day during the annual festival is the Valiya Vilakku day. Nearly nine elephants participate in the rituals and festivities on the day.

There is a popular belief that the three temples in the region were supposed to built and finished in one night. Peruvaram, Mantham and Kunnath Ambalam were these temples. The workers finished all the works of Mantham Subramanya temple and Kunnath Ambalam. But before they could finish the work of Peruvaram temple, the sun came out. So it is said Peruvaram is an incomplete temple and there is one or other work still remaining in the temple.