Ernakulam Shiva Temple, also called Ernakulathappan Temple is one of the major temples of Kerala, placed in heart of Ernakulam, the downtown location of the city of Kochi. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the town temple, with the presiding deity because the protector of the town, as per nearby Hindu faiths and traditions. As in line with the commonplace practice in Kerala, the deity is reverently referred to as Ernakulathappan, this means that Lord of Ernakulam. The temple is located in the Durbar Hall Ground.
The temple history itself has deep association with history of the metropolis and became one of the 7 royal temples of Kochi Maharajas. The temple is now under management of Cochin Devasom Board. The temple in its cutting-edge shape became built underneath active patronage of Diwan Sri Edakkunni Sankara Warrier in year 1846 and raised it level of a Royal temple within the Kochi Kingdom. The temple is constructed on 1-acre land. The temple is one of the main Shiva temples in Kerala counted at the side of the Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple, Kaduthruthy Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom Temple, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple and Vadakkunathan temple.