Vaikathashtami, a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Vaikom Mahadeva. It is a special festival in Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in Vaikom near Kottayam, Kerala. In 2012, Vaikasthashtami date is December 7.
It is observed in Vrischikam month (November – December) in Malayalam Calendar. The Shivalinga here in this temple is known as Vaikathappan. One of the significant features of Lord Vaikathappan, the main presiding deity, the Shivalinga, is worshipped as Dakshinamurthi in the morning, afternoon Kiratamurthi, and in the evening as Sambhashivan.
Vaikathashtami festival is celebrated for 12 days. The major celebrations and rituals are observed on Vaikath Ashtami day. Vaikath Ashtami Vilakku is an important ritual during the festival. The celebrations end at Udayanapuram Subrahamanya Temple with Arati to Lord Muruga.
Vaikathashtami 2011 date was November 19.