Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kumarakom

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Vaikom Mahadeva Temple gathers attention from all over the country for it is one of the oldest and most historic temples of Kerala. The temple is situated in the town of Vaikom which lies on the sides of Vembanad Lake. The temple is unique for it is one of the few Shiva shrines which are worshipped by the Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites alike.

The temples’ name is marked in golden letters in the modern history of Kerala as the notable event of Vaikom Satyagraham (a struggle against untouchability) occurred here in 1924. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva and the temple premises cover a stretch of about eight acres.

The chief festival observed in the temple is Vaikom Ashtami which falls in the months of November-December. A stone carved statue of Lord Ganesha and a sculpture of Nandi can be found in the temple complex. Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, located at a distance of about 22 km from Kumarakom and 32 km from Kottayam town, can be easily accessed by road.

 

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