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Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Timings, Pooja, History, Festivals

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Timings:

Morning: 4.00 AM to 12.30 PM
Evening: 4.45 PM to 8.30 PM

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Pooja Timings:

4.00 AM Blowing of conch
4.45 AM Temple opens-Entry for Darshan – Nirmalyam, Vakacharthu, Oil Abhishekam, Malarnivedyam etc.
5.00 AM Ganapathy Homam/Koottu Ganapathy Homam
6.45 AM to 7.45 AM Rigveda Dhara to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu
8.00 AM Usha Pooja, Nivedyam
10.00 AM to 11.00 AM Maha Mrithyunjaya Homa, Karuka Homa, Thila Homa, Ayushya Homa, Rahu Pooja, Naga Pooja, Rakshassu Pooja
12.00 Noon to 12.30 PM Noon Poojas
4.45 PM Temple opens for evening poojas
6.00 PM Deeparadhana, Arathi
6.30 PM to 7.00 PM Uma Maheswara Pooja, Bhagavathy Seva, Dambathy Pooja
7.30 PM to 8.30 PM Athazha Pooja – Night Pooja
8.30 PM Temple Closes

The only temple which conducts a special puja known as Rig Veda Dhara chanting mantras from Rig Veda in India.

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Dress Code:

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple maintain a strict Dress Code for their devotees who visit the temple.
For Men: White Pancha, Dhoti without Shirt.
For Women: Saree with blouse, Punjabi Dress with Dupatta, Chudidhar with Dupatta and Half Saree.

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple History:

The legendary history extends to the consecration of the famous Sree Guruvayur Temple – It was the final phase of Dwaparayuga. The great Deluge has submerged Sree Krishna’s abode Dwaraka and the Lord, as a playful child, was frolicking on a banyan leaf tossed about by the surging waters. Devaguru Brihaspathi and wind god Vayu stumble upon him whereupon the Lord himself handed over to them the idol of the Supreme Lord that he has been worshipping at Dwaraka, with instructions to have it installed and consecrated at an appropriate spot on earth.

Guru and Vayu then descended on the banks of a sprawling lake Rudratheertha rendered holy by Lord Shiva who has been doing penance there for ages. Realizing the purpose of the visit Lord Shiva suggested the consecration there itself on the bank of Rudratheertha and obligingly moved over to a nearby location on the other side of the Rudhra theertha.

The place where Guru and Vayu consecrated the idol of Lord Krishna became GURUVAYOOR and the site that Lord Shiva chose for himself and his consort Sree Parvathy became Mahimayur, mahima evolving out of the status bestowed on Lord Shiva for voluntarily relinquishing his initial abode to accommodate Lord Krishna. This in course of time got colloquialised as MAMMIYUR.

Sub Deities in Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple:

Goddess Parvati
Lord Ganesha
Lord Subramanya
Lord Ayyappa
Goddess Bhadrakali
Brahmarakshas were also installed in the temple.

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Devaswom:

Guruvayoor in Chavakkad Taluk in Thrissur District of Kerala wherein Sree Mammiyur Devaswom situates was a part of Ponnani Taluk under the erstwhile Malabar District of Madras. The history of Kerala tells the stories of the invasion of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan and the destruction of a good number of temples in Kerala including the Guruvayoor and Mammiyur Temples. Consequent on the defeat of Tippu Sultan in 1792 AD, the Zamorin Raja of Kozhikode could regain his supremacy over the region including the Temples in Guruvayoor. Sree Mammiyur Temple was brought under the trusteeship and control of the Eralpad Raja, the second sthani Raja in Zamorins family. When the Madras HRE Board came into existence as per Madras HRE Act II of 1927, the Temple came under the supervisory control of the Madras HRE Board and transitionally under the Madras HR & CE Act 1951 and further under the HR & CE (Admn) Dept, Kozhikode since the formation of Kerala in 1956.

But during the course of time and due to various social legislation and lack of proper administration, the Temple got into a poor state of affairs and therefore a committee consisting of the prominent local devotees was constituted in the year 1960-61 for the development activities in Temple. They undertook various development programmes and completed the renovation work and finally conducted a Naveekaranakalasam in 1996.

In the meantime, a Scheme of administration was framed by the HR & CE (Admn) Department in the year 1991 and the administration was brought in to a Board of Trustees and the day to day administration was arranged to be carried out by an Executive Officer appointed by the Department. The Athirudhra Mahayagnam conducted in the temple directly by Devaswom in 1997 was a turning point and the temple has now turned into a great Vedic and ritualistic centre and has achieved the status of a prominent Mahakshetra in all respects.

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (Administration) Department under the Government of Kerala was replaced and the Malabar Devaswom Board came into existence on 2nd October 2008. Now this Temple is coming under the Malabar Devaswom Board having Headquarters at Kozhikode. The day to day administration is carried out by the Executive Officer appointed by the Malabar Devaswom Board.

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Customs:

1) Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple.
2) The temple pond on the northern side is known as Rudhratheertham. Devotees can purify themselves by taking a bath here and can enter the temple preferably with wet clothes.
3) Follow the temple rules and regulations, so that all can comfortably worship the Lord.
4) Do not enter the Nalambalam of the temple wearing shirt, banyan, pyjama, lungi, chequered cloths, chapels, etc. There are facilities to keep them outside the temple.
5) Co-Operate with the Temple officials, who are always ready to guide and help the devotees.
6) Do not take video camera, mobile phone, radio, tape recorder etc. inside the temple.
7) Do not take, camera inside the Nalambalam.
8) Do not touch on the big altar stone (Balikallu) by foot.
9) Immediately after marriage, the couples should not enter the Nalambalam.
10) Do not spit in the temple premises
11) Do not retain babies and children for a long time within the Nalambalam.
12) The receipt for the remittance for offerings (Vazhipadu) can be obtained from the booking counters on the ground floor of the office building and near the Bhagavathy Temple. Be careful not to get deceived by fraud agents for such bookings.
13) Receipts obtained for the feeding of the poor etc. should be put inside the box for the purpose in front of the booking counter.
14) Such items as miniature human figures, replicas of hands, legs, eyes, abnormal body eruptions etc. made of gold and silver can be obtained from the temple official, who is available at the entry of the temple. Keep these on the platform in front of Sreekovil and offer prayers. Put the amount you wish to offer in the Bandaram (Hundi). Do not buy these items from outside, which may be fakes.
15) Bhaghavathy seva, Uma Maheswara pooja, Dambathy pooja, Lakshminarayana pooja, Chuttuvilakku, Niramala, Lighting of Deepasthambam, One day’s pooja, Varam and offerings of the like have to be booked in advance.
16) Ornaments and such other costly offerings can be put in the Bhandaram.
17) Enter the temple with an absolute sense of devotion.
18) Take special care of your valuables.
19) Offerings and the relevant letters should be sent to the Executive Officer, Mammiyur Devaswom, Guruvayoor-680101, Thrissur, Kerala, South India. Complete information about offerings and full address of the person making the offerings in bold capital letters should be given on the money order coupon or covering letter of D.D. If these are not given, the amount sent will be put into the Bhandaram.
20) Bank Drafts or Money orders should be sent well in advance to make the offerings on the desired date. An endowment can be made by depositing an amount, and the desired offerings can be made with the acquired interest.

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Programs:

Prasada Oottu: During the festivities of Onam and Vishu and on all Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays sumptuous free-feast is served at the Temple Oottupura.

Feast is also served during special occasions such as Sivarathri, Ashtami Rohini, MaharudraYajana days. The time of the feast is 11.00 am. Devotees may contribute their share for conducting Prasada Oottu on special occasions as an offering to mark one’s birthday or any other memorable occasions.

Mahima of Mammiyur:It was the final phases of Dwaparayuga. The great deluge had submerged Sree Krishna’s abode, Dwaraka and the Lord as a playful child were frolicking on banyan leaf tossed about by the surging waters. Devaguru Brihaspathi and God of wind and air “Vayu” stumbled upon him where upon the Lord himself handed over to them the idol of Lord Vishnu he has been worshiping at Dwaraka. They were instructed to have it installed and consecrated at an appropriate spot on the earth.

Guru and Vayu then descended on the shores of a sprawling lake Rudratheertha rendered holy by Lord Shiva who has been doing penance there for ages. Realizing the purpose of the visit of the Guru and Vayu, Lord Shiva suggested that the idol be consecrated there itself on the banks of Rudratheertha and he himself obligingly moved over to a nearby location on the other side of the Rudratheertha.

The place where Guru and Vayu consecrated the idol of Lord Krishna came to be known as GURUVAYOOR. The site that Lord Shiva chases for himself and his consort Sree Parvathy became Mahimayoor. Mahima evolving out of the status bestowed on Lord Shiva for the voluntarily relinquishment of his original abode to accommodate Lord Krishna. This in course of time got colloquialised as MAMMIYOOR. Thus the legend of the Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple extends to the consecration of famous Sree Guruvayoor Temple.

Sree Guruvayoor Temple has ceremonial connections with Sree Mammiyoor Temple. Sri Puzhakkachennas Narayanan Namboothirippadu, The thanthri of Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple also holds the position of thanthri in Mammiyoor Temple. Almost all of the poojas and rituals in this temple are regulated in tune with the poojas and rituals of Guruvayoor Temple.

The devotees who visit Sree Guruvayoor Temple for darsan pay pranams to Sree Mammiyoorappan in North-West direction at the Bhagavathykettu in temple. It is considered that any pilgrimage to Guruvayoor Temple is incomplete without having darsan of Mammiyoor Temple.

The Blessed Hen Of the Mammiyoor Temple: This is about a hen that lived in the Mammiyoor Siva Temple premises for about 10 years and finally absorbed in the Lord in 2015. This is the real but mysterious phenomenon occurred in Mammiyoor Siva Temple. Nearly ten years back a hen arrived at the temple and remained in the temple premises with unique manners. Unlike other birds, this hen did not feed other insects or worms. It survived exclusively on the remains of offerings made to the Lord, though temple authorities prepared a shelter for the hen to protect it from dogs and other animals, hen avoided the shelter altogether and roasted on the banyan tree and other nearby trees in the temple premises. Until its demise, the hen was safe and untouched by other animals.

There used to be a martial art training centre (Kalari) during the region of King Zamarin near the temple. This was meant for martial art training to the soldiers of King Zamarin. The main instructor here was AniyanEralpadu Raja. Animal sacrifices especially that of common fowl, was a custom of the time and used to take place in the Kalari. Devotees believed that this fowl belongs to the goddess of Kalari and referred to it as “Bhagavathy Kozhi”. Presence of this bird was considered as a mystique play of the Almighty to remind us of those sacrifices carried out by the soldiers of King Zamarin.

Protection enjoyed by the fowl from all kinds of natural threats and its special manors in accordance with the rules for maintaining the sanctity of temple, is attributed to the specialities and blessedness of the bird. On its last day for hours the hen remained still with its gaze fixed at the sanctum sanctorum in front of the temple gate. She was then taken to a shelter before its passing away.

As Lord Krishna reveals to Arjuna in Bhagavad Geetha “know that it is me who prevails at sites of grandeur and victory”

Kshethra Mahathmyam: At the outset of a brief reference to the Historical and legendary fame of “Sri Mammiyoor Mahadeva Temple”, Guruvayoor, Kerala, this has an elegant status in the minds of worshippers. It is very closely related to the Lord Sreekrishna Temple, Guruvayoor. It is one of the ancient Siva Temples in India which belongs to the group of 108 Sivalayas consecrated by Parasurama. The worship at Guruvayoor Temple is accomplished only with a visit to Sri Mammiyoor Temple according to the age-old custom which continues to be so even today and this shows the close relationship between the two temples.

The historical importance of this temple was connected with the legend behind this. In the great deluge of Dwaparayuga, Dwaraka was submerged and the idol of Sri Mahavishnu worshipped by Devas in Devalokam and Lord Krishna at Dwaraka went afloat in the flood waters. Devaguru Brihaspathi and Lord Vayu with their insight came to know of this and were eager to consecrate somewhere. They went from place to place in search of a proper place in installing the idol and reached the holly Rudratheertha at Guruvayoor and sought the help of Lord Siva who was doing penance on the banks of Rudratheertha. Lord Siva instantly appreciating the noble purpose, readily moved away and requested them to consecrate the idol where he sat. Lord Siva shifted his place to the other side of Rudratheertha. This greatness (Mahima) of Lord Siva gave the name Mahimayoor which in course of time became Mammiyoor. The place where Devaguru Brihaspathi and Lord Vayu installed the idol came to be called Guruvayoor. It is for this reason that the worship at Guruvayoor becomes complete only with a visit to Mammiyoor.

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Festivals:

Pradhishta Day of Lord Vishnu
Athirudra Mahayagna / Maharudrayagnas
Murahoma and Sukrutha homa
Rigveda Dhara
Thanthri Pooja
Manadala Pooja
Vinayaka Chathurthy
Ramayana Month
Shashti- pradishta day of Lord Subrahmanian
Ayilya Pooja
Nira Putheri
Ashtami Rohini

Other Attractions Near Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple:

Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary Chimmini Dam Road Thrissur
Punnathur Kotta Kottapadi Road Thrissur
Charpa Waterfalls Athirapilly Road Thrisur
Vazhachal Waterfalls Athirapilly Road Thrisur
Bible Tower Our Lady of Dolours Basilica Church Cir Thrissur
Peechi Dam Peechi Thrisur
Vazhani Dam Thrisur
Snehatheeram Thrisur
Vilagan Hill Road Thrissur
Chavakkad Beach Chavakkad, Thrissur

Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple Address:

Mammiyur Devaswom,
Guruvayur P.O,
Guruvayur – 680 101
Phone: +91 487 2555425
Fax: +91 487 2555425
Email: mammiyurdevaswom@yahoo.co.in, info@mammiyurshivatemple.com

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