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Ernakulam Shiva Temple also known Ernakulathappan Temple, is one of the major temples of Kerala, located in the heart of Ernakulam, the down town area of Cochin City.
Ernakulam Shiva Temple in its current form was built under the active patronage of Diwan Sri Edakkunni Sankara Warrier in the year 1846 and raised it to the level of a Royal temple of Kochi Kingdom.
The temple devoted to Lord Shiva is considered as the city temple, with the presiding deity as the protector of the city. The deity is reverently called Ernakulathappan which means Lord of Ernakulam.
Ernakulam Shiva Temple positioned within the Durbar Hall Ground, recalls its deep association with the history of the city and one of the seven royal temples of Kochi Maharajas. The temple is now under the administration of Cochin Devaswom Board.
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