Shiva Temples in Kasaragod District
Madhur Anantheswara Siddhi Vinayaka Temple
Madhur Anantheswara Siddhi Vinayaka Temple is located 8 km north-east of Kasaragod town. The imposing structure of the temple rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of hills, paddy fields and gardens with the river Madhuvahini flowing leisurely in front of it. Lord Anantheswara or Shiva is the presiding deity. The Shivalingam of the temple is said to have been found by a harijan woman, Madharu. Although Shiva is the presiding deity, Lord Ganapathy is more famous like in Kottarakkara temple and Vazhappally temple.
A special festival associated with the Madhur temple is the Moodappa seva.The large figure of Maha Ganapathi is covered with appam. It requires enormous quantities of rice and lakhs of rupees for its conduct. The festival is conducted only periodically in view of the huge expenditure involved. It was celebrated in April 1962 after a lapse of about 160 years, and very recently in April 1992. Major festivals are Vishu Vilakku in April, Vinayaka Chathurthy, Navarathri and Shivarathri.
This temple has a huge three tired Gaja prishta type sreekovil. Top two stories are copper covered.The temple is centuries old and todate is very well maintained. The ceiling of the Namaskara Mantapam of the Madhur Temple has been decorated with beautiful figures of puranic heroes in wood carving. A closer examination of the wood carvings would disclose the various episodes of the Ramayana, beginning with the Putrakame-shtiyagam and ending with Sitha Swayamvaram. The second and third storeys of the sreekovil are also profuse with attractive and exquisite wood carvings. The temple dwaja is also copper covered. The architecture of Madhoor temple is unique. This temple is said to have been attacked by Tippu Sultan, but not harmed out of devotion. The mark of his sword is still found in the Temple.
Kasi Viswanantha, Sastha, Durga, Subrahmanya and Narasimha are the upadevathas. Pachayappam, Unniyappam and udayasthamana pooja are the main offerings. There is a Vedic school controlled by the temple management. Vinayaka Chathurthy, Navarathry, Vishu and Shivarathry are the main celebrations. The five day long annual utsavam begins with kodiyettu on Medavishu samkrama day.
Kasargod Mallikarjuna Temple.
One of the oldest temples in the district Mallikarjuna Temple is situated in the heart of Kasargod town near the taluk office. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and follows the legend that says that the idol of Shiva was adorned by Arjuna. Mallikarjuna is another name of Lord Shiva. Lord Ganapathy is also there in this temple.
The festival of the Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the principal festivals of the town of Kasargod. The 5 day long annual festival is celebrated in Meenam (March) and it attracts huge crowd who come from near and far to be a part of this auspicious occasion. Yakshagana is performed during this festival.During Ganesh Chathurthi and Shivaratri, there are special celebrations in temple premises. The main offering of the temple is Payasam. The pillars in this temple has the life of Lord Krishna depicted.
Adoor Mahalingeswara Temple
Mahalingeswara Temple is situated at Adoor in Delampady panchayat, 45 kms east of Kasaragod town. Legend says that this is the place where Arjuna worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva gave the Pasupathastra to Arjuna at this place. Later the Shiva Lingam worshipped by Arjuna was revealed by a harijan on Makara Samkrama day. Hence Makara Samkramam in the month of January is celebrated here in a grand style. There will be a Sahasra Kumbhabhishekam.Also there will be an annadanam ceremony and thousands of devotees participates in it.This temple has a huge three tired copper covered Gaja prishta type sreekovil. This is a mahakshetra with namaskaramandapam, tidappally, valiyambalam, agrasala, pond and copper dwaja.The Kiratarjuneeyam story is sculptured around the Valiyabalikkallu.
The annual Utsavam or festival of the temple starts with kodiyettu on the 27th day of Kumbham (in March) and concludes with the aarattu in the Payaswini river on the fourth day of Meenam (in March).Mahalingeshwara temple is situated in picturesque surroundings on the southern bank of the river Payaswini and faces east. This ancient Shiva Temple contains a Sanskrit inscription in Kannada script which has been ascribed to the Western Chalukya King Kirthivarman II (745-755 AD). This temple is managed by Malabar devaswom board.Members of Kundaru Illam are the chief priests(Tantri). Mahavishnu, Ganapathy, Satha, Kinimani, Poomani, and Raktheswary are the upadevathas. Last saturday in Chingam is celebrated with special rituals. Somavara pooja and annadanam are the main offerings. The main speciality of this temple is the Nandikeswara in the namaskaramandapam. Here Nandi is in standing position. Tipu Sulthan tried to attack this temple but seeing the power of Nandikeswara he became affraid and went to attack another place.
Trikkannad Thryambakeswara Temple
Trikkannad Thryambakeswara Shiva Temple is situated near Pallikkara beach and west of national highway within one km of the Bekal bridge in Kasaragod district. This west facing temple is also known as Dakshina Kasi. Parasurama installed the Shivalinga here and this temple is famous for balitharppana ritual on Karkkidakavavu day. Pandyan Kallu, a rock rising in the sea about 2 km from Trikkannad temple has a connection with this temple. Once a Pandyan ruler tried to attack the Shiva temple and the presiding deity of this temple set fire to his ship and turned him into a rock. Trikkannad temple is managed by Malabar Devaswom Board. Melath, Idayilyama nd Valliyodan Nair families are the trustees and Aravath Vazhunnavar and Uliyathu Vazhunnavar are the tantries. Sreekovil is in rectangular shape with copper covered conical roof.
The annual seven day festival of Trikkannad Shiva Temple is in Kumbham (February-March) and attracts large number of devotees from far and near. The festival begins on Panchami day with kodiyettu on copper dwaja. Kezhoor Dharmasastha and Kuthirakkali visits this temple on Kodiyettu day. Ashtami Vikallu and Pallivatta are important.Dhara and Payasam are the main offerings. Palakunnu Bhagavathi Kshetram is one km. north of Trikkannad on the Kasaragod-Kanhangad road.
Neeleswaram Taliyil Sree Neelakandeswara Temple
Taliyil Sree Neelakandeswara Temple is situated one kilometer west of Neeleswaram railway station. The name "Neeleswaram" derives from "Neelakandeswaran" means Lord Shiva, the deity of the Taliyil temple. There is another folklore that the place was named so after Sage Neela who installed the deity of Lord Shiva thousands of years ago. Some historians argued that the name Neeleswaram derives from Neelichutta Idam (now called as Karuvacherry). Neeleshwaram lies between two rivers, Neeleshwaram river and Karyangodu river.
Neeleswaram Taliyil Mahadeva is the Kula Daivam of Neeleswaram royal family. There is a legend associated with this temple and a female member of the royal family. She was an ardent devotee of Kozhikkod Taliyil Mahadeva. Pleased with her devotion Lord Mahadeva appeared near the Kovilakam in the form of Swayambhoo Lingam. Later the royal family constructed a temple there. This temple resembles the Kozhikkod Tali temple.Neelakandeswara Temple is managed by Malabar Devaswom Board
East facing Taliyil Sree Neelakandeswara Temple is a Maha kshetram with five poojas and three sheevelis daily. Tarananalloor Nampoothirippad is the tantri.Sreekovil is in rectangular shape with copper covered conical roof. Mahavishnu, Mahaganpathy and Shastha are the sub deities. Dhara and Niramala are the main offerings. The 8 day long annual festival is in Kumbham (February-March) and it begins on the krishna paksha panchami day. Mondays, Pradoshams, Ashtami, Navami and Dasami are important days.