Kerala is not only known for its enchanting landscapes and seascapes but also for religious places. There are many temples with interesting legends and local history that are worth a visit. Among them is the Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple in Thrissur.
The Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple is a Shiva Temple which was built during the 8th century. Here Lord Shiva is worshipped as Mahadeva and his consort Goddess Parvati is known by the name Umadevi.
Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple
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History Of Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple
Thiruvanchikulam Temple, also known as Thiruvan Jai Kalam Temple was constructed during the rule of Chera Dynasty. Interestingly, this is the only temple in Kerala which is mentioned in a religious work named the Tevaram by the Tamil saints called the Nayanmars.
The Nayanmars have listed it as one of the Paadal Patra Sthalam (a group of Shaiva temples listed in the Tevaram).
The presiding deity Mahadeva is also the family god of Cochin Royal Family who took over the kingdom after the decline of the Chera Kingdom.
Legends Of Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple
According to the local legends, Sundara Murthi Nayanar (one of the prominent Shaiva saints) began his journey towards Kailash (Lord Shiva's abode) from this temple. It was here that the saint mounted a white elephant which was sent by Lord Shiva to reach Kailash.
Sundara Murthi Nayanar was followed by Cheraman Perumal Nayanar on a horseback to reach Kailash. In fact, the idols of both these personalities are there in the Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple.
Architecture Of Thiruvanchikulam Temple
Thiruvanchikulam Temple is built in the Kerala style of temple architecture. The shrine also has beautiful murals depicting Hindu mythology. Thiruvanchikulam Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala.
Vaisakapouranami Brahmotsavam is the annual 10-day festival which is celebrated in a grand way. Special poojas are also performed during many Hindu festivals and on auspicious days.
Location Of Thiruvanchikulam Temple
Thiruvanchikulam Temple is situated in Kodungallur of Thrissur District. The town of Kodungallur is also famous for Kodungallur Bhagawathy Temple. In fact, Thiruvanchikulam Temple is about 3 km from Kodungallur Bhagawathy Temple.