Kuttumuck Siva Temple
Kuttumuck Siva Temple, the abode of Lord Kuttumuck Sree Mahadevan, is located about 5 km northeast of Thrissur. According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than 300 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. The name Kuttumuck is believed to have evolved from Kutti Muck.The idol worshipped here is known as Kiratha Moorthi,an especially fierce and potent incarnation of Shiva. It was in this form that the lord tested Arjuna s devotion, by appearing as a hunter and challenging him to a duel. Impressed by Arjuna s dedication, Shiva gave him the celestial weapon Pasupathastra. According to a popular lore,once the army of Mysore,led by Tipu Sultan, attacked the Kuttumucku temple. When they were about to breach the premises, a swarm of bees appeared out of nowhere and attacked them, forcing them to retreat. The temple was thus left unharmed.
Location : Kuttumuck Siva Temple, Kuttumukku, Cheroor, Thrissur, Kerala - 680631.
Gods : Lord Shiva
Landmark : Located about 5 km northeast of Thrissur.
Kuttumuck, the utsavam lasts for ten days. Kodiyettam, (beginning day of Utsavam) happens such that the Aarattu happens on Thiruvathira (lunar) star in the Malayalm month Kumbam (February-March), it ends after the Aarattu on the 10th day. Religiously, it is the restoration of divine Chaithanya. Dravyakalasam / Brahmakalasam is preceded by the Utsavam. It is aimed at the purification and energisation of the powers of the deity. It is the last of the long series of rituals of kalasam and at the end, the flag will be hoisted (Kodiyettam) heralding the Utsavam.