The Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, in Kottayam town, was built in the 16th century by Thekkumkoor Raja. This is one of the famous temples of Kottayam. The main deity is Lord Shiva.
The traditional Kerala architecture of the temple attracts a lot of visitors. The koothambalam, the traditional theatre of the temple, where performances of various traditional art and dance forms are held is famed for its architecture. Murals depicting stories from the epics adorn the walls of the temple.
The annual festival of the temple, Phalguna Utsavam, falls in the Malayalam month of Meenam (March/April) and lasts for 10 days. The festival draws to a close with the the ritualistic arattu that includes a procession of caparisoned elephants. Various temple arts and cultural programmes are put on show as part of the festival. The other two festivals of the temple fall in the month of Thulam (October/November) and Mithunam (June/July).
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