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Sunday, January 30, 2011

About Our Temple

Maruthoormahadeva Temple is a very ancient temple located in ‘Kottukal’ village. ‘Mahadevan’ is the main diety worshipped here with Ganpati, Devi, Nagar and Mandramoorthi asthe sub- dieties.

The place where the temple was situated was a field and while farmers were working they struck a stone which started bleeding. This later on evolved as the ‘Swayambhoo Vigraham’ of Maruthoorkonam Mahadeva Temple.

Every month on ‘thiruvathira nakshtra’ there is ‘Annadanam’. Maha Sivratri is celebrated on a grand scale with 10days of poojas and celebrations. During the festival season the Temple is lit by thousands of ‘Jyothis’ and decorated beautifully by Garlands of flowers.There is ‘Thalapoli’ where women with ‘Thalam’ containing ‘Jyothi’ lumber slowly accompanied by ‘Vadya Melams’ of different kinds.The festival season is also marked by ‘Samooha Sadya’ where thousands of people gather for food.

Maruthoorkonam Mahadeva Temple also forms a part of the ‘Shivalayaottam’-a traditional custom practiced by Hindus in South Kerala during Maha Sivratri where devotees visits 12 temples of Lord Shiva in southern tip of India. ‘Kalapooja’ is a very important ritual being practiced in this temple by young girls as an offering to ‘Mahadevan’ for obtaining good husbands and bring prosperity in their life. ‘Mahadevan’ is believed to be ‘Kshipraprasadi’(ie, he can be easily pleased by our sincere faith and trust in Him). The entire village is filled with the Presence and Blessings of Lord Shiva and I invite everyone to come and experience this sacred treasure of fortune.

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