Temples Vaikom - Kerala
Vaikom temple is located at Vaikom Taluk in Kottayam district of Kerala, The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva . Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is one of the most admired Shiva temples in South India. The Shiva Lingam installed in this temple is supposed to be dating back to ‘Treta Yuga’.
The temple makes an influential trio with Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple. It is said that visiting all the three temples in a day makes the wishes come true.
Vaikom Sree Mahadeva Temple is one of the biggest temples of Kerala, spread over eight acres of land. The place is covered with river sand confined by campus walls with four Gopurams on all the four sides. It also features a golden flag staff and Balikalulpura, where Stambha Ganesh has been established at its north-east corner. Namaskara Mandapa is also an important part of the temple, in the east of which, a huge Nandi made with stone is kept.The walls and pillars of the temples are very strong.
Vaikkath Asthami is the important celebration of the Vaikom Temple. Sandhya Vela is the main custom of this shrine, which is done before the flag is hoisted. Sandhya Vela is a tribute by the Devaswom, rulers and devotees of Vaikkathappan. The major Sandhya Velas are Mukha Sandhya Vela, Pully Sandhya Vela, Perumpadappu Sandhya Vela, and Samooha Sandhya Vela. At this day, Sri Bali is brought on an elephant into a grand procession.