Keezhthali Mahadeva Temple is one of the important Shiva temples in Kerala. Being one of the 108 Shiva temples of ancient Kerala, the temple is also one among the 5 Thali temples that were built during the reign of the Cheras.
Location Of Keezhthali Mahadeva Temple
The Keezhthali Mahadeva Temple is located on the Cheruthuruthy-Koottanad road. You can either use public transport or taxi to reach the temple from Kodungallur town.
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Significance Of The Temple
The temple is one of the Thali temples in Kodungallur. The other temples in the Thali village are Arathali, Naduthali, Melthali and Chingapurathuthali. The temple is in ruins today from the various assaults caused by several invaders: the Zamorin of Calicut, the Portuguese, the Dutch invasion and finally Tipu Sultan.
The temple is believed to have been built by Maharaja Cheraman Perumal who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. Though the temple is in ruins today, the large shivalinga still remains to be an attraction that calls for attention. The 8 ft tall shivalinga is also one of the biggest shivalingas in India.
Many of the idols are in ruins here, though it is now preserved and maintained by the government. The temple is a place worth visit for the elaborate architecture that has gone into building the temple.
Festivals At The Temple
After a recent renovation of the temple, daily rituals and poojas are observed. One of the major festivals that take place here is Mahashivratri. Devotees from various parts of the nation visit the temple to seek blessings from the Lord.
Other Temples In Kodungallur
There are several other temples that are worth exploring in and around Kodungallur. These temples include Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple, Parambi Kulangara Temple and Vishnumaya Temple among the rest.
Hotels In Kodungallur
Some of the stay options in Kodungallur include Seashore Residency, Hotel Aswathy and Nalumakkal Residency.