Parippu Sree Mahadeva Temple
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Parippu Sree Mahadeva Temple is the 27th temple among the 108 Sivalayas created by Lord Parasurama. In the Shivalaya Nama Stotra, Parippu is referred as Parippil. The word Parippu was derived from Bharippu (to rule). This temple is situated at Parippu in Aymanam panchayat of Kottayam district (9 kilometers from Kottayam town). The main deity Lord Shiva faces east. The main specialty of this temple is that there are two Balikkalpuras. The temple was renovated by Edappally King in AD 825. The Edappally King was a Brahmin and was known as Madathil Raja. The Parippu region was under Thekkumkoor kingdom and Edathil Raja or the King of Thekkumkoor was a Kshatriya. Madthil Raja and Edathil Raja were rivals but both were ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. In order to make sure that they don't see each other even during their temple visits, two Balikkal Puras were built here.
The 8 day long annual uthsavam is in the malayala month of Meenam (March-April). Bhadrakali Mattappalli Nampoothiri is the Tanthri. Three poojas were conducted daily. Shivarathry, Thiruvathira, Pradosham and Mondays are important days. Dhara, Pinvilakku, Pushpanjali, Payasam and Koovala Mala are the main offerings. Sree Krishna, Shastha, Ganapathy and Bhagavathy are the upadevathas (sub deities).
This is a major temple under Travancore Devaswam Board.
A koti nama japam on Parippil Thevar's name is currently going on. Please visit the website http://parippilmahadevar.blogspot.com
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