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Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple Festival

(Last Updated 12 Sep, 2023)

  • Dates :

    28/02/2021 - 01/03/2023

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The Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is one of the splendid temples in Kerala. Makara Sankramam is an important ceremony held here. The festival at the Adoor Temple consists of a holy dip into the river and concludes with mass feeding, known as Kumbhabhishekam.

The holy dip in the River Payasini is considered sacramental, so people try their best to go and have a sacred bath in the Payasini River. In doing so, their sins are eliminated, and they find peace and solace inside their hearts. Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is noted for its ancient Shiva Temple, which is supposed to have been constructed by Arjuna, the epic hero of the Mahabharata.

Description of Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple Festival

The Makara Sankraman Festival consists of feeding the poor and the needy people. It is said that doing this act eliminates the sins a person commits during his lifetime. The Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple lies on the southern bank of the river Payasini. The landscape is soothing to the eye. It is at this river that people take a holy dip during the Makara Sankramam Festival.

History of the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple

According to the mythology, a Harijan, an untouchable, discovered the Shiva lingam while he was on his way to work. Since a common man found the Shiva Lingam, the day has been celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. People throng the temple premises and wear their choicest costumes. They celebrate the Makara Sankramam Festival with remarkable enthusiasm and keenness. They pay homage to the Shiva Lingam and ask for their prosperity and overall happiness.

When Mahalingeshwara Temple Festival is Celebrated

The Festival at the Adoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is held in February-March. It begins with the Dwajahoranam.

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