Vaikom Mahadeva temple Vazhipadu
Vaikom Mahadeva temple Vazhipadu Details, Festival dates, Timings
Ashtami Festival is celebrated in the month of Vrischikam. It is a 13-day festival, the main event Ashtami being on the 12th day and Arattu or the holy bath on the 13th day. Vaikom Ashtami is celebrated in a grand across Kerala. During the festival days, Special programs, Poojas, Processions will be held.
Temple will be thronged with thousands of devotees on Ashtami day. The 2 Km procession from Udayanapuram takes nearly 3 hours to reach the north gate at Vaikom at about 1:30 am. The meeting between Father Vaikathappan and Son takes place in the East Nada Street. After the celestial meet, father and Son will be taken out in a procession around the temple and the farewell takes place at the Northern gate.
Next day, Arattu takes place at the tank (Arattu Kulam) which is 1 Km from the East Nada. Lord Udayanapuram comes to Vaikom to watch this function. After Arattu, a Koodi (Joint) Pooja takes place for father and Son in the Sanctum. After the ceremony, Vaikathappan also goes to Son’s place and has his holy bath there. There again Koodi Pooja is performed.
On Ashtami day, there are no offerings at Vaikom Temple as Lord himself will go on fast aspiring his Son’s success in the battle.
How to reach Vaikom Mahadeva Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Kochi which is 56 Km away.
- The nearest railway station is at Ernakulam which is 33 Km away.
- The direct bus is available from Ernakulam and Kottayam to the temple.
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