Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple
Situtated in Ettumanoor, in Kottayam district at a distance of about 10 kms from Kottayam town the Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a revered holy place of the Hindus. It is regarded as one of the oldest temples in the state of Kerala. Historians believe that the temple is believed to have been a common site of worship by the Pandavas and Sage Vyasa in the past. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a delight for art enthusiasts with spectacular murals, beautiful frescos and excellent wood carvings depicting tales from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The age-old lamp at the entrance of the temple is fed with oil by devotees every day; it was believed to have been lighted 450 years ago and has been burning ever since.
The temple was rebuilt in 1542 AD (717 ME), and the place is renowned for the magnificent gopuram (monumental gatehouse tower), copper plated roofing, imposing gold embellished flagstaff and exquisite wall paintings. The temple is thronged by tourists and pilgrims all through the year. The best time to visit the temple would be during the grand festival of Arattu which is celebrated during the months of February - March.
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