KERALA, INDIA, December 2, 2023 (Newstrack): The Vaikathashtami Festival is a cherished occasion dedicated to the reverence of Lord Shiva in the embodiment of the Shivalinga. It stands as a momentous celebration held at the revered Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in Kerala, a temple steeped in rich history and revered from both religious and social standpoints. The festival of Vaikathashtami, also known as Vaikkath Asthami, finds its jubilation within the Malayalam month of Vrischikam, falling between November and December. Within the sanctified premises of the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Lord Shiva manifests in three distinct forms throughout the day. In the morning, He takes the form of Dakshinamoorti, at noon as Kiratamurti, and in the evening, He presents Himself as Sambhashivan alongside Goddess Parvati. The temple itself holds a place of eminence among Hindus, especially due to the presence of a five-foot-tall Shivalinga believed to have originated during the Treta Yuga.

While the Vaikathashtami Festival spans over a period of twelve days, it is the Ashtami day that holds utmost significance. This sacred day is observed during the dark lunar fortnight of the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (Sagittarius). Devotees and pilgrims from far and wide converge upon the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple during this auspicious celebration. The Vaikathashtami Festival serves as a time for spiritual introspection and fervent devotion, drawing devotees seeking blessings, solace, and divine grace. It not only marks a celebration of faith but also symbolizes unity and harmony among communities, fostering a sense of togetherness among people from diverse backgrounds. The festival begins on December 5th.–tuesday-5-december-sc77-nu318-ta318-1304778-1.html