Prathishta / Presiding Deity : Siva
Upadevatha / Sub Deities : xx
Aruvippuram Shiva Temple is located at Aruvippuram in Thiruvananthapuram District. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple is of great historical and social importance as the shivling was installed by the great social reformer Shri Narayana Guru in AD 1888, on the Shivratri day. This was done against the rule when tradition strictly allowed only Brahmins to install deities. Legend has it that Shri Narayana Guru got the idol from a nearby waterfall.
The main festival of the temple is Shivratri. Various cultural programs are conducted
during this time. A caparisoned elephant carries the image of the deity in a grand
procession in the evening and the festival concludes with the Aarattu. Shri Narayana
Guru Jayanthi is also celebrated in a grand manner. There is a cave on top of a
nearby hill and it is believed that Guru meditated here
24 Kms. From Trivandrum via Neyyaattinkara.