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 Ettumanoor Sree Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor  Mahadevar Temple
Ettumanoor, Kottayam (Dist)
Kerala, India, PIN: 686631
Temple stands first among the pIaces of worships and pilgrimage in South India arid it attracts devotees not only from India but also from abroad. Many vedic names are associated with this temple and it is believed that Pandavas, Sage Vyasa and Religion Shri Adi Shaankaracharya, devotee of Lord Shiva composed his Soundarya Lahari here.

Ezharapponnana (Elephants made of gold)

Among th wealth of precious metals and stone of the tempIe, th images of seven large elephants  and one baby elephant in solid gold along with a Pazhukka Kula( a bunch of Arecanuts)made of Gold were gifted by the Mahaharaja Karthika Thirunal in ME 964(MalayaIam Era). No temple in the world has such beautiful and heavy Golden Elephants. These are brought out for public exhibition  on the 8th and 10th of the Annual Festival (Utsavam) celebrated in February/March every year. Each of the seven elephants weigh about 210 lbs and the small one, half of it. During the period of “Mahotsavam”, in the brilliant lights of ‘Theevaties” (Big Oil Torches )the sight of each eIephant carried by four people is thrilling indeed.  A large number of Devotees visit this temple during its annual festival to have a glimpse at these beautiful elephants.

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