Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple located in the heart of Kottayam, dedicated to Lord Siva is famous for the grandeur of its traditional architecture. Built by Thekkumkoor Maharaja, this beautiful temple dates back to 500 years ago. This great temple is situated in the middle of the city in a huge open ground called Thirunakkara Maidanam.
Sri Parameswara is the presiding deity. The main offerings in trhis temple are ‘Chathu-satha’ and Dhara. The speciality of this temple is that, the Brahmin Ladies will not enter here and the people of a particular caste ‘Moosad’, will not carry the idols of the God.
The annual ten-day festival at the temple draws to a close with the Aaraattu ceremony. Folk arts like Mayilattom, Velakali etc, are presented in the temple premises in the evening. Another major attraction is the Kathakali performances during the festival.
There are three major festivals in this temple in the month of Thulam (October – November), Meenam(March-April) and Mithunam.(June-July) Out of these the festival in the month of Meenam is the most important.
Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 3 km.
Nearest airport : Cochin International Airport, about 83 km.