Ashtami at Vaikom - The Mahadeva Temple at Vaikom is one of the most famous and oldest Siva temples in Kerala
Ashtami at Vaikom. Vaikom is famous for its Mahadeva Temple that is the place for one of the major temple festivals of Kerala during the dark lunar fortnight of Vrischikam, and ending on the auspicious day of Asthami. Hence the festival is known as Ashtami at Vaikom.
The Mahadeva Temple at Vaikom is one of the most famous and oldest Siva temples in Kerala. On the Ashtami evening, the deities of the neighbouring temples are ceremoniously brought in procession to the Mahadev temple at Vaikom. After dusk, the deity of the Vaikom temple will be taken out in procession and kept in the Anakkottil (elephant shed). At about midnight the deities of other temples will also be brought in procession to the Anakkottil. Thereafter a ceremony called Kanikkiduka (offering of presents) is performed. This is considered to be an important feature of the Asthami Festival at Mahadeva Festival of Vaikum. (N G NAIR INDIA - Travel Report )