Pandalam Mahadeva Temple

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Pandalam Mahadeva Temple
പന്തളം മഹാദേവ ക്ഷേത്രം
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Religion
Affiliation Hinduism
District Pathanamthitta
Deity Shiva
Festivals Maha Shivaratri
Location
Location Pandalam
State Kerala
Country India
Architecture
TypeTraditional Kerala style
Website
pandalammahadevar.com
Kettukazhcha at Pandalam Mahadeva Temple Kettukazhcha.jpg
Kettukazhcha at Pandalam Mahadeva Temple

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References

  1. Mathew, Biju (2013). Pilgrimage to Temple Heritage, Volume 1. Info Kerala Communications Pvt Ltd. p. 122. ISBN   819212844X.