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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 temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the city temple, with the deity as the protector of the city.

The deity is reverently called Eranakulathappan.

The temple’s legend  is  associated with Arjuna, the 3rd Pandava who made a severe penance to please Lord Shiva. Pleased with Arjuna’s devotion Shiva accompanied with his consort Sri Parvathi set out from their abode at Mount Kailash to meet Arjuna.It’s the story of Lord Shiva coming as Kiratha and Arjuna making Shiv Linga out of mud.

Years later based on the  legend of Devala, the place got its new name, Rishnagakulam (The pond of Rishi Nagam) and temple was constructed by the public.

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