Ernakulathappan Temple (Shiva Temple), a shrine devoted to the Hindu God Shiva, is one of the major religious spots around the city of Kochi. The deity here faces westward, and the temple exemplifies the grandeur of Kerala architecture. The other deities worshipped here include Lord Sastha and Lord Ganpati. The temple is famous for the Ernakulathappan Utsavam, a temple festival, celebrated by devotees with immense zeal. The festival is conducted during the months of January or February.
The grandeur ceremonies as well as the splendid procession of ornate elephants attract a number of tourists as well as devotees. ‘Kodiyettam’, hoisting of the temple flag, marks the beginning of Ernakulathappan Utsavam. Special rituals and poojas are observed during the festive season that lasts for 8 days. Brahmin priests from Puliyanoor and Chennose Mana are entitled to perform poojas on the last day of the Utsavam. The festival offers tourists an opportunity to experience the colours of Kerala temple festivals and the culture. Located at the heart of the city, Ernakulathappan Temple is easily accessible by road.