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Vanchuleswaram – Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram, History, Timings, Festivals

Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram Timings:

Morning: 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM
Evening: 8.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple boasts of a history of more than 2000 years. The temple, located in Kottappuram, is remarkable for its number of representations of Lord Shiva. There is a Namaskara Mandapam, with 16 pillars in front of the Sreekovil is one of the major attractions of this temple. The Utsavam (annual festival) is held in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (Feb-Mar), during which the festival of Shivratri is celebrated in a grand manner. Aanayottam (Elephant race) is conducted as part of the festival attracts lot of devotees to the temple. Devotees attend the Palliyara pujas, held just before the temple closes in the evening, on full moon nights, to pray for happy married life and to be blessed with children. The western entrance of the temple is on the Kodungallur- Ernakulam highway. The temple is located about 6 km from Kodungallur.

Kodungallur is also famous for the Kodungallur Bhagawathy temple. In fact, the Thiruvanchikulam temple is about 3 km from the Kodungallur Bhagawathy temple. The Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva temple is a temple of Shiva built in the 8th century. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Mahadeva and his wife the goddess Parvati is known as Umadevi.

Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram History:

Thiruvanchikulam Temple, also known as Thiruvan Jai Kalam Temple, was built during the reign of the Chera Dynasty. Interestingly, it is the only temple in Kerala that is mentioned in a religious work called Tevaram by the Tamil Saints called Nayanmars. The Nayanmars have listed it as one of the Paadal Patra Sthalam (a group of Shaiva temples listed in the Tevaram). The Main deity is Mahadeva (Lord Siva) is the family god of Cochin Royal Family who took over the kingdom after the decline of the Chera Kingdom.

Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram Legends:

According to local legends, Sundara Murthi Nayanar (one of Shaiva’s main saints) reportedly began his journey to Kailash (the home of Lord Shiva) from this temple. It is here that the saint mounted a white elephant that was sent by Lord Shiva to reach Kailash. Cheraman Perumal Nayanar followed a Sundara Murthi Nayanar on horseback to Kailash. In fact, the idols of these two personalities are present in the temple Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva.

Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram

Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram Architecture:

Thiruvanchikulam Temple is built in the style of Kerala temple architecture. The sanctuary also has beautiful murals depicting Hindu mythology. The Thiruvanchikulam temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala.

Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram Festivals:

The annual festival is celebrated for 8 days in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February–March).
Maha Shivaratri is the most famous festival celebrated in Thiruvanchikulam Shiva Temple which attracts a huge number of devotees.

Tiruvanchikulam Siva Kshethram Address:

Kodungallur- Ernakulam Highway,
Kottappuram,
Kodungallur,
Thrissur, Kerala 680664
Phone: 0480 281 2061

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