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Ettumanoor mahadeva Temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam district of Kerala, the temple itself has brought glory and fame to the place as the myths narrate that the Pandavas and sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple.
The name of the place has its origin from the word Manoor, which means the land of deers.The present structure of the temple with its Gopuram and the surrounding citadel was renovated in AD 1542.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is also renowned for its paintings, the Dravidian mural paintings on the walls inside and outside of the main entrance and the fresco of Dance of Shiva is one of the finest wall paintings in India.
The architecture of the temple is a clear testament for the engineering skills of the then wooden sculptors.
Another feature is the golden flag staff inside the premises of the temple, where the idol of a bull surrounded by small bells and metal leaves of the banyan tree decorates the top of the pole.
The temple roofs are enclosed with copper sheets and it has 14 ornamental tops. Bhagavathi, Sastha, Ganapathy and Yakshi are mounted here as deities.
The Thulabharam is one of the main rituals of this temple. Devotees make offerings to God for favours received. It is a custom of offering fruits to gold according to the weight of the human.
Ezharaponnaana, the statuette bestowed by the Maharaja of Travancore, is an invaluable possession of this temple.
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