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Someshwara Temple Mangalore

Someshwara Temple Mangalore

The Someshwara Temple Mangalore is located at a distance of 13km from Mangalore that is situated beside the Someshwara village. This temple is one of the Dwadasha Kshetra of our country. And it is because of this temple that the place is called Someshwara. This temple is unique in its own way and is visited my thousands every year from all over India.

History of Someshwara Temple Mangalore

The temple has mythical history that speaks of legendary time’s right from Trethayuga of Ramayana times. The temple was built as is believed by King Kharasura who worshipped Lord Somanatha. He was a relative of Ravaana.  People also say that the temple was visited by Pandavas who worshipped the Lord.

But historically speaking it was built by Kings of Alupa Dynasty in 10th century A.D. The temple was under the Administrative rule of Kadambas of Banavasi, and Choula Kings of Ullala of 12th Centrury A.D. The two inscriptions found in the temple says that it was renovated in 15th Century A.D. at the time of Vijayanagara King Immadi Devaraya by Rajaguru Sree Kriyashaktri Devavodeya.

Significance of Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • A lake near Somanatha temple exists that is called as “Gadha Teertha” and said to have been built by Bhimasena.
  • Two famous stone inscriptions are found on the temple walls. One is at the western side Gopura (tower) of the temple another is inscribed on a small stone pillar near Pakashala.
  • The first inscription numbered 467 has got 25 lines and said to be written on Monday the Chandrasuddha Padya of Dondhibi Samvatsara i.e., on April 1, 1443 AD.
  • The second stone inscription numbered 468 bears only two links the rest of which is completely perished. The two links read as:
    “Saka 1117”
    “Swasthi Samastha Bhuvivikyatha”.
  • Queen Abbakka was the devotee of this temple and she has donated Jaladhani about 450 years back. It is well preserved in the temple and used during Jathra festval.

Someshwara Temple Mangalore Timings

  • The general timing in the morning is from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The general timing during the evening is from 5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Festivals at Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • The Jathra Mahotsava is the grand festival held here. It is a 7 days ritual with many a poojas and splendour.
  • Laksha Deepotsava in the temple is held in Tula masa. On the day Kshetra pooja is held in the beginning and then Appada pooje and Ranga pooja of Sri Siddivinayaka is held.
  • On the day of Shivarathri, Shiva pooja, Ranga pooja rituals are held and Bhootabali is given. After this the archaka of Holla sect seeks the blessing of the Main Deity for offering prasada to Kattige i.e., for Nagabana.

How to reach Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • By air: Mangalore International Airport at Kenjar is the nearest airport to the temple located at a distance of about 41 Kms.
  • By rail: Mangalore is the Major Railway Station nearest to the temple located at a distance of about 13 Kms from the temple. The Ullala Railway Station is located near the temple at a distance of 1 Km from the temple.
  • By road: Someshwara (Mangalore City Bus services ) Bus stop is at a walking distance from the temple. Regular bus services are available.

Hotels near Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • Goldfinch Hotel at Bunts Hostel road near Jyothi circle is a great place where you can check in. It provides grand facilities and is near the location.
  • The Gateway Hotel of Old Port Road is another place to check in. It has a fitness centre and an outside pool which guests enjoy.

Places nearby Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • Bekal Fort: Located 63 Kms south of Mangalore is in the state of Kerala. The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era.
  • Kadri Manjunatha Temple:it is located on Kadri hills, in Mangalore is just 3 Km away from the venue. This popular and beautiful temple is surrounded by tanks with natural springs and late rite caves. These caves are also called as Pandava Caves. It is believed that the Pandavas came to this cave and stayed there.
Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram is an important pilgrimage for Hindus all over India and abroad. It is located at a distance of 13 km from Kanyakumari. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman this temple is also called “Suchindram Lord Anjaneyar Temple “. The word Suchindram comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘purify’. Suchindram Thanumalayan temple is also known as ‘Sthanumalayan’ temple which indicates to the trinity, worship of three Gods – Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. “Sthanu” means Siva; “Mal” means Vishnu; and the “Aya” means Brahma.

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

History of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Built during the 17th century the temple boasts an interesting history. It was previously controlled by the Namboodiris, one of the main Namboodiri families called the Thekkumon Madam. It’s a belief that Lord Shiva stayed at Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self-punishment at Kanyakumari. Lord Indra, the king of Devas was believed to be got rid of His curse by worshiping the sacred Lingam at this Thanumalayan Temple. And hence it is said that Lord Indra visit this temple everyday to worship Lord Shiva. The temple has a huge appeal to Vaishnavites and Saivites all over India.

Significance of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The statue of Lord Hanuman stands majestically at a height of 22 feet, which is carved of a single block of granite, the temple is revered as one of the tallest statues in India.
  • Hanuman was said to be concealed underground at this temple in 1740 to protect it from the attack by Tipu Sultan, a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.
  • There are four musical pillars carved out of a single stone, and which stand at 18 feet (5.5 m) in height; these are an architectural and design highlight of the temple grounds.
  • The representation of the three central gods of Hinduism in one linga makes it unique in India.
  • The gopuram has been carved with Ramayana and Mahabharatha stories by using herbal ink.
  • Goddess Aram Valartha Nayaki, Indra Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava and Saakahi Ganapathy are also enshrined here. Inscriptions believed to date from the 9th century are found in this temple making it more ethnic in its core.
  • The dancing hall of this temple contains an additional 1035 pillars filled with wonderful carvings.

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple Timings

  • The Abhiseka for moola lingam takes place at 4:15 a.m.
  • Abhiseka for Thanumalayan shrine takes place at 4:15 a.m also.
  • The daily pooja takes place at 5:30 a.m.
  • Tharai Abhiseka pooja takes place at 6:30 a,m,
  • Mistanga pooja takes place 7:15 a.m.
  • Ucchikala pooja takes place at 11:00 a.m.
  • At 6:30 p.m takes place the Deepa aradhanai, Ahala and Arthama pooja.

Festivals at Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The Avani festival takes place at August.
  • The Masi festival takes place at March.
  • Marghazi festival being an important one takes place for two months at December and January.
  • Chiththirai festival takes place at April.

How to reach Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • By air: Thiruvanathapuram International airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 70 km from the temple. Regular flights ply in.
  • By rail: Nagercoil junction located at a distance of 3 km from the temple is the nearest station where regular trains are available.
  • By road: About 11 km from Kanyakumari and 7 km from Nagarkoil Suchindram lies between these two towns. Busses ply from Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Trivandram.

Hotels near Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • Pioneer Grand Palace is roughly 7 km from Parakkai Lake and 1 km from Vadasery Bus Stand. The property in Nagercoil is a budget accommodation offering free buffet breakfast and great atmosphere.
  • Hotel Reech at 57 Court Road, Nagercoil is another suitable place to check in. It is reviwed to be an excellent clean place.

Places nearby Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The world famous Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located nearby.It is an important temple situated near to Nagercoil – colachel State highway in Mandaikadu. During the month of Masi, people from all over India come here to celebrate the famous Kodai vizha festival. Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located at the confluence of three seas of India’s South Corner. This temple was constructed before 3000 years by Parasuram and then renovated by one of the kings of Pandya Dynasty. It is believed that Goddess Bhagavathy stood here as a spinster and she killed the demon Banasuran on Vijayadasami, the last day of Navarathiri festival.
Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Sacred to the great Lord Shiva, Kumararama Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras in India. It is located in Samarlakota of East Godavari at Andhra Pradesh.  The other four temples are Amararama, Draksharama, Ksheerarama and Somarama.  It has been written in the Puranas, that to visit a Shiva temple a person has to have the “yogam” / “Yog”(opportunity given by god/boon). So if you are seeking Moksha you should visit this place blessed with pure sanctity.

Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

History of Samarlakaota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

There is an interesting legend regarding the name of the place and with the existence of Lord Shiva manifesting here. During the legendary Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here. Thereafter, it came to be known as Kumararama. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was placed here by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called Kumararama. This temple was built in Dravidian style, by the King Chalukya Bhima. Hence the name came to be known as Bhimeswara.

Significance of the Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • The temple has carvings of apsaras on its walls.
  • The Chalukya king built this temple to record his history of 300 victories in wars.
  • Mantapam is supported with 100 pillars can be seen.
  • Eka Shila Nadi is placed opposite to the Shiva Lingam at the entrance.
  • The main entrance of the temple is also called as Surya Dwaram. The main shrine is a free standing monument lying at the centre of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two stories.
  • The lime stone Lingam, placed on the shrine, is 14 feet tall, such that it rises from the pedestal on the ground floor and enters the second floor by piercing the roof, where the Rudrabhaga is worshipped.
  • One can see the sculpture design of both Turpu chalukyas’ and kakatiyas. Here the Goddess knownas Bala Trupura sundari.

Timings of rituals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • From morning 6:00 a.m to afternoon 12:00 p.m.
  • In the evenings from 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m darshan takes place.

Festivals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • During Karthika and Margashira months that are November/December, Abhishekams are carried out every day.
  • During the months of February/March, Kalyana Mahotsam Magha Bahula Ekadashi day is celebrated reverently.
  • Dusherha is also celebrated in the months of October.
  • Till Maha Shivarathri, a lot of grand celebrations in the temple can be seen especially the car festival. These festivals are a grand spectre for visitors.

How to reach Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: Samarlakota is 15 Kms from Kakinada, 49 kms from Rajahmundry, and 125 kms from Visakhapatnam, so frequent trains are easily there for transportation. Busses are available connecting this place through the National Highway.
  • By rail: it is on the Vijayawada-Howrah broad gauge railway line of South – Central Railway, a lot of trains stop here.
  • By air : Vishakapatnam is the nearest international airport and Rajahmundry nearest domestic airport .

Hotels near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Theatre Royal Hotel on 81, Seddon Street has themes rooms with antique furnishings that please all those who stay here.

Places near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Bhavanarayana swamy temple is a great place to visit that is believed to belong to Mauryas and the presiding immortal deity is Bhavanarayanaswamy.
  • Sri Golingeswara Swamy temple was built by the Eastern Chalukyas in the 9th-10th centuries. The temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was prevalent in the Dravidian style.  A stone sculpture of Ganesha in the village shows true mastery of Chalukyan craftsmanship.
  • Ayyappa Swamy Temple is also called Andhra Sabarimala. In 1989, Swamy Ayyappa Panchaloha idol was installed in Dwarapudi temple in Mandapeta mandal of East Godavari district, by Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, and also the largest Harihara statue. The holy eighteen steps and cluster of shrines are the attraction for this Ayyappa temple.
Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple

Ksheerarama – Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Located in the West Godavari district of Andhra, Palakollu is a place famous for its grand temple of Lord Shiva that is considered to be one of the Pancharama temples. This temple is called Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple profoundly. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva whose form was established by Lord Vishnu. Locally this temple is also known as Pedda Gopuram.

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple

History of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

The temple was constructed during the reign of Chalukya Bhima of Chalukya dynasty in the 9th century. Sri Velupathi designed it’s Prakara during the 10th century. The architecture is a clear reflection of the art practised during the Chalukya dynasty reigns. During the 14th century, the Gopuram was built by Sri Alladu Reddy. During the 17th century, Kalyana mantapam (choultry) and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy alaya were constructed.

Significance of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • It is known and revered that the Shivalingam at Ksheerarama temple is the tallest one and found to be of a very unique milky white in color.
  • The shiva lingam which is known moola virat can be seen from all four sides of the sanctum sanctorum or garbha griha. In addition several other gods like the Sun God, Devi Parvati and Lakshmi, Veera Bhadra, Kanaka Durga, Nataraja, Shankara, Radha Krishna can also be viewed from all four sides.
  • Locally there is a saying that staying for a day at Ksheerama is equal to staying at Varanasi.
  • The temple has 72 pillars made of black stones.
  • The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces.

Timings of rituals at Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • The temple remains open from 6:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m throughout the whole week.

How to reach Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: buses are frequently available from all parts of Andhra Pradesh moving towards Bhimavaram to Palakollu.
  • By rail: trains are very much available on a regular basis from Vijaywada railway junction.
  • By airport: nearest aiport is Vijawada from where regular flights are available.

Hotels nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple 

  • Palavalli Boutique Resorts which is 12km from Palakollu town centre has a great location where guests enjoy their peace and solitude.
  • Falcon Nest Hotel behind the coastal city centre at Bhimavaram is a grand place to check in.

Places nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • Sri Someswara Temple which is 117 km from Vijaywada is one of the Pancharama Kshetras where one can visit to offer prayers to the Lord. It is said that the main Lingam was installed by Lord Chandra.
  • Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is another pilgrim place to visit during this trip. It is located on the top of the Seshachala hill in Tirumala. The self-manifested Idol of the Lord of the temple was founded by saint Dwaraka .
  • Shri Lingaraj Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to lord Harihara, a form of lord Shiva and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city.
Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is located in Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. Somarama Temple Bhimavaram is also called as Someswara Temple and Bhimavaram. The existence of this temple can be traced to 4th century and was believed to be constructed by the King Chalukaya Bheema. The Shiva Lingam of the temple called as Someswara was believed to be installed by Lord Chandra (Soma). A tinge of modernity becomes conspicuous due to the coloured paintings and sculptures on the wall.

History of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. The Pancharama Kshetras are built on the place where the five pieces fell.

There are two famous legends about the temple. First one is widely illustrated in Hindu mythology as one of the PanchramaKshetras. The legend says that, the Shivalinga was owned by Rakshasa King Tarakasura and he was so powerful that no one could win over him due to the power of Shivalinga. Lord Kumara Swamy used his powers (Sakthi Ayudha) to kill Tarakasura into pieces but failed as they reunited again and again. On the guidance of Lord Sriraman Narayana who informed him to break the Shiva lingam worn by Tarakusura into pieces first and then place them in five different places forming the sacred temples (PancharamaKshetras). All these temples were formed by the power of Agniyasthra used by Lord Kumara Swamy. The Lord Chandra installed Shivalinga in Bhimavaram temple and hence the name SomeshwaraSwamy.

Another legend says that, Lord Shiva when destroyed Tripura’s during ‘Tripura Samharam’, all that was left was a Shivalingam in the throat of Lord of Tripuras was broken into five pieces and installed for worship in five different places as Pancharama Kshetras.

Significance of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The Pancharama Kshetras are: Amararama at Amaravati, Guntur Draksharama at Draksharama, East Godavari Somarama at Bhimavaram, West Godavari Ksheerarama at Palakol, West Godavari Bhimarama at Samarlakota, East Godavari.
  • Within the premises on to the left side of the entrance lie the shrines of Lord Hanuman, Lord Sriram, Lord Kumaraswamy and Navagrahas in a hall. On to the right is an open hall with a huge statue of Nandi.
  • One of the most special features of this temple is that the color of the Shivalingam will change its color regarding the lunar aspects, the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon. And hence during Pournami (full moon days), the color of the Shivalingam will be in white and during Amavasya (dark nights), the color of the lingam will be shaded to black.
  • The other deities present in the temple are Goddess Adilakshmi, Lord Anjaneya Swamy, Lord Kumara Swamy, Sun God, Lord Ganesha, Navagraha (the nine planets) and Nandi (the mount of Lord Shiva). The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Somarama Temple is called as Soma Gundam Pushkarani.

Timings of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The temple remains open in the morning from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.

Festivals at Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Maha Shivaratri is a foremost festivals taking place in the months of February/March.
  • Sarannavarathri is another grand event that takes place during the months of September/October.

How to reach Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • By road: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs buses frequently from Palakollu, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.
  • By air: the nearest airport is Rajahmudry or Vijaywada from where flights can be availed.
  • By rail: the temple is 2km away from Bhimavaram railway station.

Hotels nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Visiv Stay-This lodge is located in Bhimavaram. It offers polished, sophisticated and a visual pleasure to its guests. The rooms are neat, well lit and are replete with all basic amenities.

Places nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Dwaraka Tirumala is visited for Chinna Tirupati Temple (Small Tirupati Temple), a Lord Venkateshwara Temple situated on the top of the Seshachala Hill.
  • Dindi is set about 80 kms from Rajahmundry and is characterised by a village character with virgin backwaters, palm-fringed canals, lakes, lagoons and rivulets around it.
  • Pithapuram and Draksharamam are two pilgrimage centres that are typically visited together with Kakinda as the base town for a stay.
  • The Bhadrachalam Temple Seetaramachandra Swamy temple is a 17th Century Lord Rama temple and a very important pilgrimage centre.
Jambukeswarar Temple

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval

The Jambukeswarar temple is a famous temple where we worship Lord Shiva in Tiruchirapalli or Trichy in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is also known by the names Thiruvanaikaval and Thiruvanaikal. The temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago. It is located in the Srirangam Island, which has the famous Ranganathaswamy temple. Hundreds and thousands of devotees gather here every year to watch the Lord and get his blessings.

History of Jambukeswarar Temple

Intriguing stories surround the formation of the temple. It is told that once Devi Parvati mocked Lord Shiva’s penance for the improvement of the world. Shiva wanted to condemn her act and asked her to go to the earth from Kailash (Shiva’s abode) to do penance. Parvati in the form of Akilandeswari as per Shiva’s wish found Jambu forest (Thiruvanaikoil) to conduct her penance. She made a lingam out of water of river Cauvery under the Venn Naaval tree (the Venn Naaval tree on top of the saint Jambu) and commenced her worship. The lingam is known as Appu Lingam (Water Lingam). Siva at last gave darshan to Akilandeswari and taught her Siva Gnana. Akilandeswari took Upadesa (lessons) facing East from Shiva, who stood facing west.

Malyavan and Pushpadanta were two Shiva Ganas or disciples. They always were on conflict over something or other and once Malyavan cursed Pushpadanta to become an elephant on Earth and the latter cursed the other to become a spider. The elephant and the spider came to Jambukeswaram and continued their Siva worship. The elephant collected water from river Cauvery and conducted ablution to the lingam under the Jambu tree every day. Shiva, in the form of Jambukeswara, moved by the deep devotion of the two, relieved them from the curse. As an elephant worshipped Siva here, this place came to be known as Thiru Aanai Kaa (thiru means holy, aanai is elephant, kaa (kaadu) means forest). Later the name ‘Thiruaanaikaa’ becomes ‘Thiruvanaikaval’ and ‘Thiruvanaikoil’.

For committing the sin killing the elephant, the spider was born as the King Kochengot Chola meaning red-eyed king and built 70 temples and this temple is the one among them. Remembering his enmity with the elephant in his previous birth, he built the Shiva Sannathi (sanctorum) such that not even a small elephant can enter.

Significance of Jambukeswarar Temple

  • The sanctum of Jambukeswarar has an underground water stream and in spite of pumping water out, it is always filled with water.
  • It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung glories of the deity in this temple.
  • There are five enclosures inside the temple. The massive outer wall covering the fifth precinct, known as the Vibudi Prakara, stretches over a mile and is two feet thick and over 25 feet high. Legend maintains that the wall was built by Shiva working with the laborers. The fourth precinct contains a hall with 796 pillars. It also has a small tank fed by perpetual springs.
  • The main deity of the temple is Jambukeswara, representing the element water. Jambukeswara is depicted sitting under a jambu tree, which grows over a small stream that engulfs the deity during the rainy season.
  • The temple is also considered the abode of goddess Akilandeswari, one of the forms of the goddess Parvati.
  • The sannathy of the goddess Akilandeshwari and the sannathy of Prasanna Vinayaka are in the shape of the pranava manthra called “Om”.
  • The temples idols are installed opposite to each other – Such temples are known as Upadesa Sthalams. As the Devi was like a student and Jambukeswara like a Guru (teacher) in this temple, there is no Thiru Kalyanam (marriage) conducted in this temple for Shiva and Parvathi, unlike the other Shiva temples.

Timings of Rituals and Poojas at Jambukeswarar temple

  • Darshan time is from 6:00 am to 12 pm in the afternoon and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the night.
  • The Ushakkala pooja takes place from 6:30 am to 7:30 am.
  • The Kaalashandhi pooja takes place from 8 am to 8:45 am.
  • The Uchikkala pooja take place from 11 am to 12 pm.
  • The Saayaraksha pooja takes place from 5 pm to 5:45 pm in the evening.
  • The Ardhajama pooja happens at 9 pm in the night. That is the last pooja of the day.

Festivals celebrated at Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April and Aadi Pooram in July-August are the festivals elaborately celebrated in the temple.
  • Purattasi is the Navarathiri festival taking place elaborately over 10 days.
  • Thai – Thai Poosam, Thai theppam (Float) festival. Special poojas are performed during Fridays of Thai month.
  • Vaikasi also known as Vasantha Urchavam is another significant festival that is celebrated for 10 days.

How to reach Jambukeswarar Temple

  • By air: the nearest airport is Trichy at a distance of 15km. One can avail flights on a regular basis.
  • By rail: the Trichy junction is at a distance of 8km and frequent trains are available on a daily basis.
  • By road: Thiruvanaikaval is situated in the middle of Trichy and Thiruvarangam is about 320 km on Chennai & Kanyakumari national highway. The temple is located 8 km from central bus stand and 3 km from Chathiram bus stand at Trichy. Government and private bus service is available to reach Thiruvanaikaval.

Hotels nearby Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Sri Maruti Pilgrims House offers accommodation in Tiruchchirappalli. The temple is 2.1 km away. It has a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Mayas Kem Pride at 75-I, Salai Road , Thillai Nagar is a renowned hotel that is liked by many.
  • Hotel Mayas at Hotel Mayas 46, Karur Bye Pass Road, Chatram Bus Stand features resplendent accommodations that are welcomed by many.

Places nearby Jambukeswarar Temple

  • Arulmigu saptharisheeswara Temple – The temple here has won a unique place among the temples of Tamil Nadu. It was here only the seven rishis, atri, brihu, pulsithar, vasistar, gauthamar, angeerasar and marichi, prayed to the presiding deity, saptharisheeswarar, to ward off the bad period they were passing through. The temple was taken up for being extended by the parantaka kings.This is an ancient temple about 500-1000 years old
  • Arulmigu Vekkalaimman Temple- It is dedicated to Lord Mother Vekkali Amman graces majestically sitting on a Yoga Peeta facing north. She is holding trident, Udukkai, the rope-pasam and Akshaya Patra (a vessel from which food would be constantly flowing to feed all beings) in Her four hands.
Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Ekambareswarar Temple is a famous place located in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.  The temple is associated with the five elements, the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, and specifically to the element of earth, or Prithvi.  Lord Shiva is worshiped here as Ekambareswarar or Ekambaranathar, and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Prithvi lingam. Devi Parvati is depicted as Gowridevi Amman.  The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water), Chidambaram Natarajar (ether), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire) and Kalahasti Nathar (wind). All of the four revered Saivite Saints have sung the glories of this temple.

History of Ekambareswarar Temple

A part of the main temple was built by the Pallava Kings while the rest of the temple complex was erected in the 17 th century. This temple is one of the most ancient in India existing since at least 600 AD. Second century AD Tamil poetry speaks of Kama kottam, and the Kumara kottam .Initially temple was built by Pallavas. The Vedantist Kachiyapper served as a priest at the temple. The existing structure then was pulled down and rebuilt by the later Chola Kings. Adi Sankara, the 10th-century saint got Kanchipuram remodelled along with expansion of this temple.

The Vijayanagar kings, during the 15th century, also made lot of contributions to the temple and later developed by Vallal Pachiyappa Mudaliar used to go regularly from Chennai to Kanchipuram to worship in this temple, he spent significant money he amazed during British rule on the temple renovation, Pachiyappa Mudaliar seated at horseback can be seen in the temple pillar. At the later stage a similar temple with same name Ekambareswarar was constructed in Chennai by Pachiappa Mudaliar.

There is a legend around the temple. Some say that once while Lord Shiva was meditating Parvati mischievously covered his eyes with her fingers which resulted in complete darkness on earth for many years. Shiva being angered by her act cursed Parvati to go to earth for penance. Parvati went to earth and created the earth linga and worshiped it under a mango tree in Kanchipuram giving birth to the temple.

Significance of Ekambareswarar Temple

  • This is the 1st of the 32 Tevara Stalam built in the Tondai region of Southern India. Reckoned as one of the revered temple, it is the largest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Kanchipuram.
  • A towering 60 meter high Gopuram was built by Krishna Deva Raja of the Vijayanagara kingdom in the year 1509.
  • The temple premise has a 540 pillar hall all intricately designed and beautifully carved. The pillared hall was constructed by the Vijayanagara Monarch.
  • A 3500 years old mango tree adores the sanctum having four branches each dedicated to the four Vedas. The Deity derives its name from the Mango tree from the words Eka-Amra-Natha, meaning the Lord of the Mango tree. The path to the tree has a Shiva Lingam made of around 1008 small lingas.
  • A Somaskanda panel featuring Shiva, Parvati and Skanda together adorn the back end of the main shrine, which has been worship for centuries together.
  • The temple is revered by all four Saiva Kuravars.
  • The presiding deity is also revered in the verses of famous folk singer Kanchi Kotayappa Nayak.

Timings of Rituals and Poojas at Ekambareswarar Temple

  • The temple opens at 6 am in the morning then closes at 11 am. Again it reopens at 5 pm in the evening and closes finally at 8 pm.
  • The Ushakkala pooja takes place at sunrise at 6 am.
  • Kaalasandhi pooja takes place at 7 am.
  • Uchikkala pooja takes place at 12 in the afternoon.
  • Saayaraksha pooja happens at 6 pm in the evening.
  • Ardhajama pooja takes place at 8 pm.

Festivals held at Ekambareswarar Temple

  • Ani Tirumanjanam is a significant festival held in the month of July.
  • Adi Kritikai and Avani Moolam are held in the month of August.
  • The Chitra Purnima and Vaisakhi In the months of May and June marks the temples annual calender. The Panguni festival is celebrated for13days and during this period the wedding of the presiding deity is observed.

How to reach Ekambareswarar Temple

  • By Air: Chennai is the nearest airport which is 75km away from Kanchipuram. The airport has public and private transport facilities available on a regular basis.
  • By Rail: connected on the southern part of railways Kanchipuram has few trains running through the town. However suburban trains are available on particular intervals running between Kanchipuram and Chennai beach.
  • By road: the city is only a few kms away from the Quadrilateral National Highway. Frequent bus services are available throughout the day making the journey easier for travellers.

Hotels nearby Ekambareswarar Temple

  • Sri Hari Residency at 99, West Raja Street, Near Sri Kumara Kottam Temple offers grand cosy accomodations. It has been reviewed to be an excellent place to stay.
  • M.Hotel, Kanchipuram of No. 65-66, Nellukara Street, Bus Stand is another great place to check in. It has well suited amenities and a blissful environment.

Places to visit near Ekambareswarar Temple

  • Kailasnatha Temple- Lord Shiva, the supreme ascetic and god of the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped all across India. His temples can be located in every part of the country but nowhere more than Tamil Nadu we can see them in such huge numbers.
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple- This temple is devoted to Goddess Kamakshi Amman. This huge temple is constructed in around 5 acres of land. The temple houses a gallery, which presents the life history of Adisankaracharya.
  • Kanchi Kudil represents the life of the people of the city with a view to attract tourists and let them feel the essence of life as lived here. Kudil means house. The house is over 90 year old and its architecture resembles the olden style.
  • Devarajaswami Temple- The temple is famous for its richness of exquisite sculptures. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it was constructed by Vijayanagar Kings.
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

The Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is a sacred Hindu temple where we worship Lord Shiva. It is located in the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District, East-Central, Tamil Nadu, South India. This temple is significant to the saivites and is famous for its grand architecture and structural splendor. The Sangam classics refer to Viduvelvidugu Perumtaccan, respected clan of traditional Vishwakarmas, as being the chief architect of the temple complex. There have been several renovations in its history, particularly during the days of Pallava or Chola emperors in ancient and pre-medieval periods.The word “Koyil” or temple in the Tamil Saivite tradition refers to none other than the Thillai Natarajar Temple.

History of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

A mystical and intriguing story surrounds its history. The formation of this temple is steeped with local stories that are highly significant. It all starts with the legend of Lord Shiva strolling into the Thillai Vanam. Vanam meaning forest and Thillai trees that are a species of mangrove trees – they currently grows in the Pichavaram wetlands near Chidambaram. The temple sculptures depicting the Thillai trees date back to the 2nd century CE.

In the Thillai forests lived a group of sages who believed in the supremacy of magic and that God can be controlled by rituals and mantras. Lord Shiva strolled in the forest with great beauty and brilliance, assuming the form of Bhikshatana, a simple mendicant seeking alms. He was followed by His consort, Vishnu as Mohini. The sages and their wives were enchanted by the brilliance and the beauty of the handsome mendicant and His consort. On seeing their womenfolk enchanted, the rishis got angry and invoked scores of nagas by performing magical rituals. Lord Shiva lifted the serpents and donned them as ornaments on His locks, neck and waist. Further enraged, the sages invoked a fierce tiger, whose skins and dons were used by Lord Shiva as a shawl around His waist and then followed by a fierce elephant, which was devoured and ripped to death by Lord Shiva.

The rishis gathered all their spiritual strength and invoked a powerful demon Muyalakan – a symbol of complete arrogance and ignorance. Lord Shiva wore a gentle smile, stepped on the demon’s back, immobilized him and performed the Ánanda Tandava (the dance of eternal bliss) and disclosed his true form. The sages surrendered, realizing that Lord Shiva is the truth and He is beyond all powerful magical strengths no matter what.

Adhisesha, the serpent who serves as a bed for the Lord, hears about the Ananda Tandava and yearns to see and enjoy it. The Lord blesses him, beckoning him to assume the saintly form of ‘Patanjali’. He then sends him to the Thillai forest, informing him that he will display the dance in due course. Patanjali. The story of sage Patanjali as well as his great student sage Upamanyu is narrated in both Vishnu Puranam as well as Siva Puranam. In the Thillai forest Lord Shiva is worshipped then in the form of Shivalinga. The deity is worshipped today as Thirumoolataneswarar (Thiru – sri, Moolatanam – primordial or in the nature of a foundation, Eswarar- the Lord).

The early structure of the temple was constructed and maintained by Perumtaccan of the respected clan of Vishwakarmas. The golden roof of the Chitambalam was laid by the Chola king, Parantaka I. In those flourishing times, kings Rajaraja Chola I and Kulothunga Chola I made significant donations to the temple.

Significance of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • Lord Shiva is in three forms in Chidambaram, as visible idol form, formless as Akasha or space and form and formless as a Spatika Linga.
  • It is here that the hymns of three great Saivite Saints were discovered.
  • Chidambaram is one of the Panchabootha Sthalas, where the Lord is worshiped in his manifestation as sky or Aagayam.
  • The temple is supposed to be located at the Lotus heart of the Universe”: Virat hridaya padma sthalam.
  • The spot where the Lord displayed his dance of bliss, the Ananada Tandava, today is the Ponnambalam/ Porsabai (Pon meaning gold, Ambalam/Sabai meaning stage) housing the Lord Shiva in his dancing form. The Lord is also hence referred to as the Sabhanayakar, meaning the Lord of the Stage.
  • The sanctum sanctorum is a gold-roofed stage of the temple and houses the Lord in three forms: the “form” – the anthromorphological form as an appearance of Lord Nataraja, called the Sakala thirumeni; the “semi-form” – the semi-anthropo-morphological form as the Crystal linga of Chandramouleswarar;
    the “formless” – as the Space in Chidambara Rahasyam, an empty space within the sanctum sanctorum, the Nishkala thirumeni.
  • The 9 gateways of the temple signify the 9 orifices in the human body.

Timings of Poojas and Rituals at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • The Darshan time is from 6:00 am to 12pm in the morning and 5 pm to 10 pm in the night.
  • At 6:30 am takes place the Pal Nivedhyam where the Lord’s footwear is brought in a palanquin.
  • At 7 am takes place the Maha-arati.
  • At 7:45 am takes place the first pooja of the day that is Kalashandhi pooja. This continues till 9:45 am.
  • From 10.00a.m.to 11.00am takes place the Irandam Kalaam that is the second pooja of the day.
  • From 11:30 to 12 in the afternoon takes place the Uchhikalam that is the third pooja of the day.
  • In the evening from 5 pm to 6 pm takes place the Saayarakhshai.
  • From 7 pm to 8 pm again the Irandam Kalaam takes place.
  • From 9 pm to 10 pm takes place the sixth and the last pooja of the day which is known as Ardhajanam.

Festivals celebrated at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • The 10 day Margazhi festival in December-January is one of the most important festivals that begin on the day prior to Tiruvadhirai star day with flag hoisting. The importance of the festival is that it is dedicated to Saivite Saint Manickavasagar.
  • The Vidayathi festival is celebrated both for the Lord and the saint.
  • The 10 day Aani Tirumanjanam festival begins with flag hoisting. It takes place 10 days earlier of Uthira star day. From day one to the eighth day of the festival, procession of deities like Somaskanda, Shivananda Nayaki, Vinayaka, Subramania and Chandeswararm (panchamurthis) are taken in procession in silver and gold vahans.

How to reach Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • By air: The nearest airport is Trichy that is 195km away and Chennai that is 235 km away. The Chidambaram area is well connected by bus and taxis from these places.
  • By rail: Chidambaram is well connected to Trichy and other major cities of Tamil Nadu via local trains.
  • By road: if you are taking the road then you can get frequent buses that travel from Andhra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to Chidambaram. Locally auto rickshaw is the best mode of transport.

Hotels nearby Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • Hotel Akhshaya at Gandhi Nagar, Chidambaram has comfortable accommodations for tourists visiting Chidambaram. It is 1.8km away from the Chidambaram railway station. It has a wide range of comfort delicacies.
  • Hotel Lakshmi Vilas Heritage at T Neduncheri, Chidambaram is well known for its grand sprawling complex. The hotel is designed to give the tourists a chance to enjoy living in pollution free atmosphere. It is only 12 km away from the Chidambaram railway station.

Places to visit nearby the Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

  • If you are a nature lover then you should definitely visit the Pichavaram Mangrove forest. It offers boat rides in the midst of tranquil forest environment.
  • The Thillai Kali Amman Temple is famous for its presiding deity who is Goddess Parvathi in the form of Kali. The idol is truly lively and magnificent to look at.
  • The Tiruvetkalam temple is situated adjoining the Anamalai university complex. It is a great place to visit for its peaceful and resplendent structure.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Gujarat

The First Jyotirlinga – Nageshwar Temple

Nageshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines mentioned in Shiva Purana. And Nageshwar is believed to be the first  and a self-existent “Jyotirlinga” i.e. shrine; in an underground sanctum. Located on the route between Dwarka city and Beyt Dwarka Island, this Shiva Temple lies on an island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The major attraction of this temple is a 25 meter tall statue of Lord Shiva who is seated and a large garden with a pond surrounding the statue.

Nageshwar Temple Gujarat

History of Nageshwar Temple

The story behind this temple is not just one. Two well known legends are attached to the existence of this numinous temple. They are as follows:

The first story goes hundered years back in Shiva Purana, about a demon couple named Daruka and Daruki. Now known as Dwarka (the city), was earlier denoted as “Darukavana” (forest in which this couple stayed) named after them. Daruka’s wife Daruki was a devotee of Goddess Parvati and was blessed by her. But, Daruka was a cruel demon with sadistic characteristic; who found joy in troubling folks around. One day he imprisoned an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva named as Supriya with several others. Daruka misused the blessings granted to him and tormented the local folks by one means or the other. While in captivity Supriya advised all others to enchant the mantra “Om Namaha Shivaye” loudly. She said this mantra has enough power to protect them all. Daruka came to know about this and in anger went to kill her; is when Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga from the earth. Though Shiva couldn’t kill the demon because of the blessings granted to him by his wife, Parvati he assured Supriya and all others that he would protect them all in the form of a linga.

According to another fable (believed to be narrated by the local folks), a group of dwarf sages known as “Balakhilyas” worshipped Lord Shiva in Darukavana for an extremely long time. To test their persistence as well devotion Lord Shiva came to them as a nude ascetic wearing only nagas i.e. serpents on his body. All the wives of the sages got attracted to him and went after them leaving behind their husbands. This action made all the sages livid and made them curse the ascetic to lose his linga. The Shiva linga fell on earth and the whole earth trembled. Then appeared Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma who requested him to save the planet from getting destroyed and to take back his linga. After consoling the sages, Lord Shiva took back his linga and promised his divine presence in the form of jyotirlinga in Darukavana forever.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Gujarat

Nageshwar Temple Timings

  • Morning darshan timings for the devotees are from 6 am onwards.
  • The devotees can have the perks of attending the “Sringar Darshan” at 4 pm.
  • Depending upon the season, the Shayan Aarti i.e. the evening prayers are usually conducted at 7 pm.
  • The temple closes at 9 pm.

Significance of Nageshwar Temple

  • It is believed to be the first shrine of all the Jyotirlingas.
  • This powerful Jyotirlinga is believed to protect the devotees from all kinds of poison. It is believed that one who prays to the lord becomes free of poison i.e.negativities.
  • The lingam at Nageshwar is unique as it is made from a stone popularly known as the Dwarka Stone, which has tiny wheel imprints on it.
  • The lingam is shaped like that of a three faced oval rudrakshara, which means the tears of Shiva.
  • The Rudra Samhita shloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase ′Daarukaavane Naagesham′.
  • Nageshwar Mahadev Sivalingam is facing South while the Gomugam is facing east. There is a story behind this position. A devotee named asNaamdev was singing bhajans in front of the Lord, this when the other devotees asked him to stand aside and not hide the Lord. To this Naamdev asked them to suggest one direction in which the Lord does not exist, hence he can then stand there.  The infuriated devotees carried him and left him on the south. To their astonishment, they found that the Linga was now facing South with the Gomugam facing east.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Gujarat

Pooja’s and Rituals at Nageshwar Temple

There are various poojas performed at Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and have different charges for it.

Rudraabhishek, the pooja conducted when Shiva is in it’s rudra (angry) form. The Shiva Linga is washed with water which continuously keeps pouring over it through a vessel along with continuous chanting of mantras.

Dudhabhishek, the pooja in which the Shiva Linga is washed with the continuous pouring of milk and enchanting of mantras.

There are various other forms of abhishekam and poojas known as rudrabhishek with bhog, ek somvar (one Monday), chaar somvaar (four Mondays), Laghurudra and Shravan

Festivals Celebrated at Nageshwar Temple

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Gujarat

As the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mahashivratri is the main festival celebrated here. During this festival the lingam is decorated with flowers and abhishek is conducted with milk. There is a special pooja which is conducted and the mantras are enchanted all day round continuously.

You can have a glimpse of Mahashivratri pooja at Nageshwar by clicking at this link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnfJCqLtFiQ

How to Reach Nageshwar Temple

By Air- The nearest airport is that of Jamnagar which is 137 kms.

By Rail- Dwarka is a station on the Okha-Ahmedabad broad gauge railway line, with trains connecting it to

  • Jamnagar- 137 kms
  • Rajkot- 217kms
  • Ahmedabad- 471 kms
  • There are trains which even connect the way down to south through Vadodra, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.

By Road- There are direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad

Accomodation

There are various places to accommodate you comfortably within a reasonable budget. A few of them are-

Hotel Guruprerna, Hotel Meera, Hotel Damji. Hotel Dwarka Residency and Hotel Gomti.

Where to Eat

The best places nearby to satiate your hunger would be Charmi Restaurant and Hotel Prasad.

Nearby Temples

Rukshmani Mandir – Rukshamanee/ Rukshmani Mandir is an important place of pilgrimage and is dedicated to the most adored consort of Krishna, Devi Rukmini. A masterpiece in artistic terms, this temple has embellished walls and carvings which are treat for one’s eyes. The rich paintings on the walls of this 12th century temple portray Rukmini’s times spent with her husband. This temple is located in the main city of Dwarka.

Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple – Located at a distance of 18.2 kms from Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, the temple is dedicated to Lord Chandra Mouliswar Shiva. The temple is located on the hillock on the sea. During high tide the temple gets surrounded by water and a fair takes place here every year on the day of Mahashivratri.

Shree Dwarkadish Temple – Also known as the Jagat Mandir this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna also known as the “King of Dwarka”. Located at a distance of 17.3 kms from Nageshwar Jyotirlinga it consists of 5 storied building, 72 pillars and this temple is said to be 2,200 years old. It is considered to be a Pushtimarg temple, therefore it follows the guidelines and rituals created by Shree Vallabhacharya and Shree Vitheleshnathji.

Gomti Ghat Temples Gomati Ghat in Gujarat has plentiful of temples that are devoted to Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, and Sudama, who was Lord Krishna’s closest friend. The temples around this ghat present an unimpeachable view and a pictorial of the River Gomati which has been worshipped by people for 100 years. To get a glimpse of Dwarka, one can hire a boat and sail across the river. The Gomati Ghat Temples are located just at the entrance of the Dwarkadeesh temple. It is this place where River Gomati meets the vast sea. There are many small temples which have shrines also.

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple, Kaviyoor

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is another glory in the religious history of Kerala. The temple is also popular as Thrikkaviyoor Mahadeva Temple. Hanuman Temple and Sriparvati Temple are its other names. The temple is at Kaviyoor which is a pilgrimage for the Hindus. Moreover, this village is one of the 64 oldest Brahmin settlements of Kerala. The village is at the Pathanamthitta district. Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple worships Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu is also one of the main deities here. Furthermore, the temple falls under the Thiruvalla Group of Temples. As River Manimala flows by the temple, the environment is both serene and spiritual. Due to its immense historical value, the temple is a heritage monument. The Archaeological Department of India protects the shrine. Locals believe that the shrine is thousand years old. December or January is the best time to visit the temple as many festivals take place during this time.

The Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples of Kerala. This thousand year old temple depicts Pallava architecture.

History and Legend of Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple opens another chapter of the golden history of Kerala.

  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple was built in the 8th century.
  • The Kaviyoor Sasanaas refer to the temple. This Sasanaas is oldest among the sasanaas. There are two inscriptions at the basement which state that the temple was built in the 950 and 951 AD.
  • Locals believe that Lord Shiva fulfils desires of devotees who come to pray here.
  • As per myth, the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple dates back to the Mahabharata times. When Mother Kunti along with her sons, the Pandava brothers was looking for a shelter during their exile, they built a rock shelter. They also built a Lord Shiva temple and this temple is the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.

Significance of the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

The Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is important for its unique built and fine carvings.

  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple shows the Pallava architectural style. It is triangle in shape.
  • The sculptures are the earliest stone architecture we see in Kerala. These also depict stories from the great Indian epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. These sculptures were made in the 17th century.
  • Lord Shiva is enshrined in a squared cave. There is a Shiva Lingum inside the cave. The lingum is 3 feet high. It is carved out of a rock.
  • The shrine also worships Lord Ganapati, Lord Hanuman, Sreemoola Rajeswari and Maharshi. Sreemoola Rajeswari is Goddess Parvati. There is also another deity in the temple. It is Dakshinamoorthy. This is an idol of Lord Shiva along with Lord Ganapati. There is also a shrine for Lord Krishna.
  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple also has sculptures of Dwarpalakas. They are the temple guards.
  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is famous for its wood sculptures. This is Daarusilpas as per local language. These carvings were made in the 17th century. Tourists can see these sculptures at the outer wall of Sreekovil, on the inner roof of Balickalpura and Namaskara Mandapam. These sculptures depict Kerala architecture.
  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple has a round Sreekovil. It shows the Sandhara construction style.
  • The roof of the sanctum is copper. There is a golden flag and 18 entry steps to the shrine.
  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple also has expensive ornaments which depict intricate designs. The main Sreekovil is covered with 44 rafter shoes. These also feature beautiful designs. The ornaments mainly include golden pots, ezhunnallippu chatams, golden reliefs of deities, golden umbrellas and golden chains.

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple Timings

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple Timings are almost similar to that of other Kerala temples.

  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is open from 3.30 am to 11.30 am.
  • It remains close at afternoon. It again opens at evening and is open from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple Food Timings

A special rice prasadam is served at the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple. Devotees can buy this food item from the temple counter.

Dress Code at Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

  • Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple has a strict dress code. Men need to be in traditional attire. Also, men need to open shirts before entering the temple premises.
  • Women also need to be in traditional dress at the temple.

Guidelines

Moreover, temple authorities do not allow photography within the temple.

Festivals celebrated at Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

The Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple celebrates many festivals.

  • Thiruvutsavam: The festival takes place in December or January. It is the Danu month as per Malayalam calendar. The celebration starts with a unique ritual. People call this Thiruvaathira. Utsavabali, Seva, Pallivetta are the other parts of the festival. The festival goes on for 10 days. A fair goes on during this time. People decorate the temple with colourful lights, candles and flowers.
  • Shivaratri: This festival takes place every year, either in February or in March. Vilakkezhunnellippu is a unique custom of the festival. In this custom, 8000 oil lamps are lit. Devotees from 8 desam lit the lamps. This is a single day festival. Devotees fast for the day and worship Lord Shiva at four phases.
  • Sahasra Kalasam: This festival goes on for 10 days. In this festival, Abhishekam is the main custom. Devotees do Abhishekam with 100 pots. 1 is a gold pot, 10 silver pots and the rest are copper pots.

Poojas and Rituals at Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

The Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple has its own way to worship Lord Shiva.

  • Dhara, Muzhukkappu and Chatussatham are the main offerings made to Lord Shiva.
  • Also, daily different offerings are made to Lord Shiva. Devotees can offer Aval Nadyam and Vada Mala to Lord Shiva.
  • The temple is also famous for its Mangalaya puja.

How to Reach: Road, Rail and Air

Kaviyoor is a famous pilgrimage for the Hindus. Hence the place is well connected via rail, road and air. Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla Changanachery and Kottayam are the nearest towns to the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport. It is 119 km from the place while the Cochin International Airport is another option to reach Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple. It lies at 160 km from the place.

By Rail: The Thiruvalla railway station is nearest to the shrine. It is 5 km from Kaviyoor. The Chengannur railway station is 82 km from the temple while Kottyam railway station is 120 km. You can also reach the temple easily via Kollam Junction railway station. It is about 129 km from the place.

By Road: Thiruvalla and Chaganachery are the easiest routes to reach Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple. There are direct buses from Kozhencherry, Pathanamthitta, Kottangal, Ranni, Thottabhagom which take you to the temple.

From Thiruvalla: Moreover, there are two ways to reach Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple from Thiruvalla.

  • From here you can board a bus to Mallappally. These buses generally come via Kalloppara. Then tourists can get down at Njalikandam Junction. The temple is 700 metres from the junction.
  • You can also get a bus to Kozhenchery. This place is at Pathanamthitta. From here travel till Thottabhagom Junction. There are buses and auto rickshaws that take you to Chaganachery from the Junction. These vehicles will directly take you to the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.

Hotels in Kaviyoor: Where to stay

The best hotels near Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple are at Pathanamthitta. Mannil Regency, Hey Day Hotel, Mariam Lodge, Mannaas Veedu and Hotel Hills Park are some of the good hotels near the temple. Also, these hotels serve good food.

Where to eat

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is a popular tourist spot. Hence several eat outs are near the temple. Joyces Baker, Hotel Sehion Restaurant, Anjali Restaurant, News Star, Uday Bakery and Biryani Centre are very near to the temple.

Nearby Temples

As Kaviyoor is popular for its temples, you will have lot to see here.

  • Hanuman Swami Temple: This temple is also in the temple complex. The shrine worships Lord Hanuman. As per Indian mythology, Lord Hanumana helped Lord Rama win the battle against demon Ravana. This is the great Indian epic, Ramayana. The temple is also important for its unique construction. It represents gable architectural style, which is rare in Kerala. Hanuman Jayanti is the main festival. This is the birth anniversary celebration of Lord Hanumana.
  • Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy Temple: Only 8 km away from Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple, this temple is very famous. Goddess Bagavathy is the main deity here. Also, as per locals, the goddess can grant wishes. The temple is famous for its wall paintings and sculptures.
  • Njaliyil Bhagavathy Temple: Another important temple of Kaviyoor is Njaliyil Bhagavathy Temple. This temple also worships Goddess Bhagavathy. Makaram is the main festival here. People also come here to see the old folk drama. Padayani is the drama name.
  • Sabarimala: This is a very famous temple of Kerala. The temple worships Lord Ayyappa. The temple is on a hillock and offers breath taking beauty of the surroundings. November to Mid- January is the best time to visit the temple as this time the temple celebrates Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku. Also, the temple is close the rest of the year.  Besides the first five days of Vishnu month. This is a Malayalam month which is generally April as per English calendar.

Hence, visit Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple for a peaceful holiday. Moreover, this trip can be a gift to your family. Feel refreshed at the serene climate and feel divine.