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About Ernakulam Shiva Temple

The Ernakulam Shiva Temple is located in the middle of Ernakulam district of Kochi. Like most temples, this one too has a beautiful legend associated with it. It is said that Arjuna performed penance to impress for Lord Shiva. Impressed by his devotion, Lord Shiva decided to pay him a visit along with his consort Parvati to Kailash Mountains. Before this, Shiva disguised himself as a tribal hunter called “Kiratha.” When he was to meet Arjuna, he saw a wild boar who was actually a demon named Mookasura, charging at Arjuna. So Kiratha shot an arrow to the boar, as did Arjuna. Later, the two fought over who killed the demon. Defeated by Kiratha, Arjuna started making a shivlinga out of mud and performed a pooja. When he saw that the flowers he offered to the mud Shivlinga are coming down from the head of Kiratha, he realized that Kirathas is none other than his Lord Shiva! The main sanctum of the typical Kerala style architecture temple houses a Lingam. On the northern side of it, you will be able to see a small shrine of Kirathamoorthy and to the south is a shrine of Lord Ganesha. The ‘uthsovam’ of Shiva temple is grand and starts with Kodiyettam, followed by Pakalpooram, Panchavadyam and terminating with Pandimelam.

Historical Context: This temple is also known as Eranukalthappan is situated in Ernakulam City. This is the rarest of shiva shrine because the deity faces towers west.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 3 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Closed On Saturdays and Sundays
  • Allowed Camera

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