Vaikom Mahadeva Temple
Situated in Vaikom in Kottayam district, The Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is a temple for the Hindu god Shiva in Vaikom, Kerala. It is the oldest city in Kottayam and lies very close to the famous tourist spot of Kumarakom. Vaikom Temple lies at the heart of the town. The temple, along with Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple is considered a powerful threesome of Shiva Temples. The belief is that if a devotee worships at these three temples before the 'Ucha pooja' (afternoon pooja), all the wishes are fulfilled. Another unique feature of the temple is that it is greatly and equally revered by both Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites. The deity of Lord Shiva is lovingly referred to as ‘Vaikkathappan’. The Shiva Linga here is believed to be from the ‘Treta yuga’. The best time to visit the temple during the festival of Vaikom Ashtami during the month of November.
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