Pandalam Mahadevar Temple
Pandalam Mahadeva Temple is situated in between Thottakkonam and Mulampuzha villages of Pandalam, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. Yearly Kettukazhcha festival is one of the attractions for tourists. 10 days major festival is celebrated for Lord Siva in 'Dhanu masa' November–December every year. the festival start by hosting traditional flag names 'kodiettu' and ends by 'aarattu'. the administration of this temple held by Mahadeva Seva Samithi participated by 12 villages '12 karakal'in Pandalam. It is believed that Lord Parasuram has installed the main idol of the Garbhagriha in this temple.
Pandalam Mahadeva Temple is one of the oldest temples out of the 108 Shiva temples consecrated by the great ‘Sanayasin Khara Muni’. The sacred and world famous temple is located on the left banks of the Achenkovil River,one side of this temple is in the banks of Achankovil River so this temple also known as 'Mukkal Vattom' 3 km away from Pandalam town in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala State. Pandalam is also world famous as the home town of Lord Ayyappan.
The temple is unique with its natural procession route around the Sanctorum. The river flows touch the feet of Mahadeva Sanctorum, just like Ganges flows from Shiva’s ‘Jada’ (hair). In addition to Lord Shiva the idols of Lord Ganesh (Ganapathy), ‘Maya- Ekshi Amma’, Lord Ayyappa, Nagaraja (Lord Snake), Lord Subramanian, Brahma Rakshas and Rakshas are also worshipped here. In effect the temple acts as the symbol and replica of ‘KAILASAM’. Millions of devotees experienced the blessings from this holy place.
Location : Pandalam Mahadevar Temple, Adoor, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India.
Gods : Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Maya-Ekshi Amma, Lord Ayyappa, Nagaraja, Lord Subramanian, Brahma Rakshas and Rakshas
Landmark : The Road, Rail and Air distances to Pandalam are listed below: Pandalam Mahadevar Temple is 105 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, 120 km to the south of Kochi, the states commercial capital, 51 km to the south of Kottayam Nearest Railway Station : Pandalam is 16 km from Chengannur railway station, 18 km from Mavelikkara railway station, 27 km from Kayamkulam railway station Nearest Airport : 119 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, 140 km from Kochi International Airport
Kettukazhcha festival which is conducted yearly in this temple is a major attraction for travelers and devotees. During the months of November and December a ten-day-long festival is celebrated at this temple. The hoisting of a flag marks the beginning of the celebrations and the festival ends with a ceremony named ‘Aarattu’. Located on the riverside, Pandalam Mahadeva Temple offers a picturesque view to travelers and solace to devotees.
Main offerings are Neyyabhishekam, Pushpanjali and Appam