Welcome to Ernakulam Shiva Temple

Ernakulam Shiva Temple, also known as Ernakulathappan Temple is one of the major temples of Kerala, located in heart of Ernakulam, the downtown area of the city of Kochi. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the city temple, with the presiding deity as the protector of the city, as per local Hindu faiths and traditions. As per the common practice in Kerala, the deity is reverently called Ernakulathappan, which means Lord of Ernakulam. The temple is located within the Durbar Hall Ground. The temple history itself has deep association with history of the city and was one of the 7 royal temples of Kochi Maharajas. The temple is now under administration of Cochin Devasom Board. The temple in its current form was built under active patronage of Diwan Sri Edakkunni Sankara Warrier in year 1846 and raised it level of a Royal temple in the Kochi Kingdom. The temple is built on 1-acre (4,000 m2) land. The temple is one of the major Shiva temples in Kerala counted along with the Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple, Kaduthruthy Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Temple, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple and Vadakkunathan temple.

Festival Celebrations (Uthsavam)

The Uthsavam starts with Kodiyettam(hoisting of the temple flag) on the first day evening. On the seventh day there is Pakalpooram, when the deity is being taken out in procession with caparisoned elephants with Panchavadyam and finally terminating at Durbar Hall Ground after the famous Pandimelam and colourful fire works. On the final day around evening, in a solemn ceremony the flag is lowered and the deity is then taken for the Arattu ( holy bath ) in the nearby temple tank. After that starts the famous Arattu procession with the accompaniment of Panchavadyam. The procession terminates at Durbar Hall Ground. The grand fireworks then bring the curtain down to this weeklong festival. During all these days Sheeveli is arranged inside the temple and the best available Chendamelam artists are arranged for this. Special poojas connected with this festival are conducted everyday by famous priests from Chennose and Puliyannur Mana. A variety of cultural programmes are also arranged during these days. Special emphasis is given to promote temple arts like Ottanthuallal, Paatakam, Thayambaka, Kathakali, Classical dances, Classical music concerts, Bhajans etc. Annadanam is also arranged. Thousands of people throng the temple for witnessing these programmes. Watching the Pakalpooram and Arattu processions will be an unforgettable experience for anybody. The adjacent Durbar Hall ground becomes a beehive of activities during the Uthsavom. Various stalls are set up here selling consumer items. Some companies use this festival week to introduce or market their products.

Kshetra Samithi Projects

The Padinjare Nada of the Ernakulam Siva Temple faces the magnificent Rajendra Maidan which overlooks the beautiful backwaters. This long broad avenue was totally neglected and was being used as a car park by all and sundry. The SAI Center, Chithravathi, Kacheripadi as part of its SAI Service to humanity decided to convert this into a tree lined avenue. Each tree would be planted in a small garden with seats where devotees could sit, relax and meditate. more

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Ernakulam Kshetra Kshema Samithi
Acc No.005500100002116
Dhanalaxmi Bank LTD.
Hospital Road Branch
RTGS / NEFT / IFS Code: DLXB0000055
Ernakulam Kshetra Kshema Samithi (Registered under the T.C Literary,
Scientific and Charitable Societies Act XII of 1955)
Reg. No. ER 250/84
Devaswom Buildings, Kochi – 682 011.
Phone: 091-0484-2370 415, 2369804
As you are very much aware the cost involved to organise our annual festival (Utsavam) has gone up exorbitantly high.Still Samithi has taken sincere effort to make the whole event a huge success than ever before. This can be achieved only through the great participation of the Devotees with their generous donations and contributions. Samithi take this opportunity to earnestly request each and every one of you to extend your wholehearted cooperation and patronage through your valuable donations and contributions by way of sponsorship, individual donations in cash or kind etc.

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