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Among the Shiva temples in Kerala such as Mahadeva temples at Chengannur (Alappuzha), Kaduthuruthy and Vaikom (Kottayam), Ernakulam in Kochi City and Vadakkumnathan (Mahadevar) in Thrissur, Ettumanoor Mahadevan Temple is equally quite well known and is being visited by devotees from Kerala and adjacent states. More over, it is one of the wealthiest Devaswoms in Kerala, and has many valuable possessions - gold statues, jewelery precious stones, etc.
Built in 1542 AD, this temple is dedicated to Shiva as Ettumanoorappan. This temple has the unique distinction of having been visited by the great Hindu Philosopher Adi Shankara of Kalady centuries ago who wrote "Soundarya Lahari" right here during his stay. Important festival is Thirulsavam in Kumbham. The name of the place is derived from the word 'manoor', which, in local parlance, means the land of deer. This ancient temple is believed to have been visited by Pandavas (of Mahabharata) and sage Vyasa. It was in 1542 AD, the temple was rebuilt. There are superb mural paintings inside the temple and they reflect the Dravidian style of work. An interesting feature is the beautiful presentation of Pradosha Nritham (Dance of Shiva), which is believed to be one of the best in India.
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