The sacred Ashtami festival of the temple
takes place during the dark lunar fortnight of the Malayalam month
Vrischikam (Sagittarius) which concludes on the Ashtami day.On the Ashtami night, Thidampu, a symbolic
idol of the Lord Siva (known here as Vaikom Mahadeva) is taken out
in procession. On its way, many deities from nearby temples join
the procession. The cultural fare includes classical music and dance
performances including night-long Kathakali performances on the
eighth and ninth days.
Nearest railway stations: Ernakulam, about 36 km towards the north;
Kottayam, about 40 km towards the south.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 56 km away.
Mahadeva Temple at Vaikom, Kottayam district.