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Kottayam -> Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is one of the most famous Siva temples in South India. Vaikom is in Kottayam district of Kerala and is at a distance of 40 km north of Kottayam. Vaikom Mahadevar manifests himself as Dakshinamurthy in the panthirati pooja in the morning, as Kiraata Murthy during the Uchcha pooja at noon and as Satchitananda in the evening.

Vaikom Mahadeva temple is situated in about 8 acres of land and has four gopurams, with a very large 'Oottupura" where "Prathal" (feast offered to devotees) is given to all those who come in. So the Vaikom Mahadevan is also known as "Annadhanaprabhu" (Public feeding).

Vaikom temple has some historic importance also. The well-known "Vaikom Satyagraha" is held in this temple in 1924, in which Gandhiji took part. The Sathyagraha was for demanding equal right for all Hindus to enter the temple.

The utsavam in this temple is celebrated for twelve days during the dark lunar fortnight of Vrischikam, (November-December) the Ashtami falling on the last day. During the night on the Ashtami day the deities of the neighbouring temples will be ceremoniously brought in procession to Vaikom temple. This is a very colourful and very important function. At dusk of the Ashtami day, Vaikathappan is taken out in procession and is kept in the Aanakkottil, where the other deities from the nearby temples would also be assembled. A ceremony called Kanikkiduka (offering of presents) is performed, which is unique to the Vaikom temple.

A procession at night from the nearby Udayanapuram Subramanya temple involves the meeting of Shiva and Subramanya in celebration of Subramanya's victory over the demons. No poojas are carried out on the Ashtami festival inside the Vaikom temple as it is believed that Mahadeva fasts, feeds guests and prays for his son's victory in the battle against demons.

It is said that the great Rishi Khara, while bathing in the sea, discovered three Lingams. He installed one in Vaikom, second at Kadathuruthi and the last at Ettumanur . These three places are equidistant from one another. And it is believed to be auspicious to visit these three temples on a single day in the order Vaikom-kadathuruthi-Ettumanur. Vaikom temple is exquisite in its sculptures and carvings. The Siva lingam inside the sanctum sanctorum is a huge one. It is believed that Sage Parasurama built these structures in Vaikom Temple.

Vaikom can be reached from both Kochi and Kottayam. Kochi is nearer to Vaikom. A good number of Private and Transport buses are running between Kochi and Vaikom. There are also bus services to Kottayam.

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