Thottakattukara,Aluva ,kerala

Aluva Sivarathri

The celebration of Sivarathri in Aluva is very famous in Kerala. The month of Kumbham is noted for the Sivarathri festival which falls in February-March. Aluva Sivarathri is celebrated at the Siva temple on the banks of Periyar River and this place is called the Aluva Manal Puram (land with sand).Shivaratri is great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha in month of Magha is known as Maha Shivaratri according to South Indian calendar. However according to North Indian calendar Masik Shivaratri in month of Phalguna is known as Maha Shivaratri. In both calendars it is naming convention of lunar month which differs. However both, North Indians and South Indians, celebrate Maha Shivaratri on same day.

The banks of the river is popularly referred as Aluva Sivarathri Manappuram. Aluva Shivaratri 2024 date is March 8. The Bali ritual is the most important ritual during the period. The festivals and rituals are held at the Aluva Shiva Temple. The highlight of the festival includes reading of the Holy Scriptures associated with Lord Shiva. Hindu devotees spent the night without sleeping on the banks of the Periyar River.

The Periyar Riverbank is here known as Aluva Manappuram and for the Sivarathri festival a temporary sacred site is created to perform rituals.

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