A popular Hindu temple of Kerala, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Legend is that a demon, called Khara, a devotee of Lord Shiva, got three Shiva lingas from Lord Shiva himself. He brought the three Shiva Lingas to Kerala, holding one with his teeth and the other two on both of his hands. He placed all three Lingas at three different places. Thus the Shiva Linga carried by teeth was placed at Kaduthuruthi, Shiva Linga on right hand at Vaikkom.
He consecrated the one on his left hand at Ettumanoor temple.
Lighting of lamps around the temple is the major offering. A big “Kedavilakku” (the lamp lit without break) in front of the temple is note worthy. The devotees offer oil to this lamp which is regarded as the representation of Lord Shiva. There is a story behind this lamp. One day a devotee brought this lamp to temple and requested the temple authorities to use it for temple purposes. But the authorities rejected his offering and laughed at him saying temple has enough lamps already, no need of an additional lamp.
The devotee was deeply hurt; he prayed to Lord Shiva. A violent thunder storm erupted suddenly. The authorities sensed the displeasure of the Lord over their behavior. So they accepted the lamp and placed it just in front of the temple.
The annual Aarattu festival, lasting for ten days, in March is the major festival. During the eighth day of the festival the famous Ezharannaponnana (Seven and half golden idols of Elephant) is taken in procession. It is a feast to watch. These precious idols were donated to the temple by the royal family of Travancore.
The temple is a specimen to Kerala temple architecture. The Mural paintings on the walls of this temple are note worthy; the fresco of “Pradosha Nritham”of Lord Shiva is considered as one of the best wall paintings in India.
The present temple dates back to 1542 A.D.
Ettumanoor is 12 kilometers from Vaikkom.