Thirunettoor Mahadeva Temple is situated at Nettoor, in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. This temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva lies about 10kms south of Ernakulam and 4kms from Vytilla.
About the Temple
Thirunettoor Mahadeva Temple is also popularly called the Nettoor temple or the Vyttila Mahadeva temple. The chief deity of this temple, Lord Shiva is believed to have been consecrated by the great sage Parashurama himself. Another belief is that this temple had the distinction of being a common temple for all the major Namboothiri families residing in the 32 Namboothiri villages of Kerala.
About the Deity
The temple is dedicated to both Lord Siva as well as Lord Vishnu. The temple also houses other deities like Lord Yogeeswara, Lord Sreekrishna, Ganapathi, Subrahmanya, goddess Saraswathy, Gulikan and the Nagas.
The annual temple festival is celebrated on the Uthrattathi and Aswathy day of the Malayalam month of Dhanu.
The right to offer poojas in the temple called “Thanthram” is held by members of Puliyannor Illam, an eminent brahmin family of that place. Temple poojas are conducted thrice a day daily. This temple is well known for the 'balitharpan', a ritual offered for the dead ancestors on the 'amavasya' day in the malayalam month of Karkkidakam (July- August). The Amavasya day of Kumbham is also considered special. Large number of devotees visit this temple on the above days for paying respect to their dead ancestors. Vadapooja is the most important offering on such days.
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport which is about 33 km (21 mi) from Nettoor.
The nearest railway station is the Tirunettur railway station, located at the northern part of Nettoor.
Nettoor is well connected with numerous buses operating to various parts of Kochi, such as Fort Kochi, Edakochi, Thevara, Tripunithura, Vyttila, Kaloor, Edapally, Aluva, Muvattupuzha etc. Buses are also available to few parts of Alappuzha, such as Cherthala, Aroor, Eramalloor.
Thirunettoor Mahadeva Temple,
Near Temple Road, Ambalakadavu Rd, Nettoor,
Maradu, Ernakulam District, Kerala State,
Pincode – 682304.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.