Shiva Temples in Thrissur District
Dakshina Kailasam Thrissivaperoor Sree Vadakkunnatha Temple Thrissur
This is the first Shiva temple created by Lord Parasurama. Shiva here is more popularly known as Vadakkunnathan. Vadakkunnatha Temple is situated at the heart of Thrissur city. The name Thrissur is derived from 'Thiru-Shiva-Peroor', which literally translates to "The city of the sacred Shiva". Thrissur was also known as Vrishabhadripuram, Vrishachala and Thenkailasam or Dakshina Kailasam(Kailasa of the south) in ancient days.
Vadakkunnathan temple is surrounded by a massive stone wall enclosing an area of nearly 8-9 acres. Inside this fortification there are four gopurams indicating the four directions - North, South, East and West. Apart from these four gopurams there is a multi-shrined complex in the center with three principal shrines dedicated to Shiva or Vadakkunnathan, Shankaranarayana and Rama. Lord Vettekkaran (Shiva in a hunter form) is also worshipped within the nalambalam enclosure. In the northern side there is a circular structure with the deity facing west. The figure of Shiva-Parvati faces east and is just behind Shiva,in the same shrine. The two-storied shrine of Sri Rama facing west is located in the south. Between these two srikovils stand a third one, circular and double storied in shape, dedicated to Sankaranarayana and facing west. There are mukhamandapams in front of all the three central shrines.
The idol of Shiva, which is not visible, is covered under a mount of ghee, formed by the daily abhisheka (ablution) with ghee over the years. After abhisheka a portion of the ghee is returned to the devotees and they take it home as the ghee has miraculous powers to cure all diseases. A devotee looking at the sanctum now sees a thirteen-foot high mount of ghee embellished with thirteen cascading crescents of gold and three serpent hoods at top. According to traditional belief, this represents the snow-clad Mount Kailas, the abode of Parvathy and Parameswara. More...
Thiruvanchikkulam Mahadeva Temple (Mel Tali and Ara Tali) Kodungalloor
Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple
Annamanada Mahadeva Temple
Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is one among the 108 Shivalayas created by Parasurama. In the Shivalaya nama stotra it is mentioned as Koratty Temple (There is a bridge connecting Annamanada to Koratty (NH 47) via Valoor - pulikkakadavu palam -which is constructed almost 10 years back). Annamanada is a small town in the southwest corner of Thrissur district. It is situated 8 km from Mala and 10 km south of Chalakudy. The name Annamanada came from some Brahmin families (Manas) where Brahmins used to get free food (Annam) in older days. The village where Food (Annam) serving Brahmin families (manas) situated, later known as Annamanada.
Originally Annamanada was a part of Adoor gramam (one among the 64 brahmin gramams created by Parasurama and Annamanada Mahadeva Temple was the grama kshetra. Some of the neighboring villages still known as Meladoor, Keezhadoor etc. Meladoor Bhagavathy Temple is one among the 108 Durga Temples created by Parasurama. Annamanada Mahadeva temple is located near the bank of Chalakudi River. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The shivling is almost four feet tall and is considered as the Kiratamoorthy in a pleasing mood while giving Pashupatastra to Arjuna. More...
Thrikkanamathilakam Maha Shiva Temple ( Now the Shivalingam is in Udyaneswaram Mahadeva Temple Ernakulam)
Chowalloor Mahdeva Temple
Keezh Tali Mahadeva Temple Kodungalloor
Sringapuram Mahadeva Temple (Chingapurathu Tali) Kodungalloor
Nediya Tali Mahadeva Temple Kodungalloor
Raveeswarapuram Mahadeva Temple Kodungalloor
Thiruvanchikkuzhi Mahadeva Temple
Asokeswaram Mahadeva Temple
Chavakkad Shivalingadasewaram Mahadeva Temple
Koorkkanchery Maheswara Temple
Peringottukara Somasekhara Temple
Kandassamkadavu Sree Chidambara Temple
Sree Vishwanatha Temple Manathala Gurupadapuri Chavakad
Sree Narayana Maheshwara Temple Pullazhi
Sree Ganeshamangalam Temple Vadanappilli
Triprayar Mele Thrikkovil Mahadeva Temple
Located near Sree Rama Polytechnic Triprayar. The grand shrines like Guruvaayoor Sri Krishna Swamy Temple, Vadakkunnathan Temple,Koodalmaanikyam, Kodungalloor etc are measured under the perception of Bhoolokavaikundam (The seat of God in Earth).Equivalent distance form these places, Melthrikkovil Siva Temple is located, as the domicile of tranquility, opulence and divinity. This temple which offers supreme opulence is very close to the Thriprayar Sri Rama Swamy Temple. This place is considered as divine as, Great Brahmins were born in this place. This temple is holds historical significance in view of the fact that the devotees are worshiping for several years. Tracing the history, this shrine was one among the preliminary points of Siva reverence initiated by the Dravidians which prevailed before the Vaishnava supremacy. History says that the Thriprayar Sri Rama Swamy temple was under decree of Melthrikkovil, which in turn was under the Blaha Mooppil Nair till 1016 and then it was given to the Maharaja of Kochi. Same as that of Guruvaayoor Sri Krishna Swamy temple and Mammiyoor Siva temple, The Thriprayar Sri Rama Swamy temple and Melthrikkovil Siva temple are interdependently associated. These types of temples are worshipped as ‘Kudumbaparadevata” form by the earliest Brahmin families. Due to generation’s unawareness, all such temples faced absolute abandoness and Melthrikkovil Siva temple came into the fortification of Blaha Tharavaadu. A that time this region was ruled by the British dominion. During this period, Aarattu, Usavam, Sivarathrifestival, Thriuvaathira, Onam, Vishu, Balitharppanam, Pradosha poojas, etc were celebrated in the temple. When years passed the Blaha Tharavaadu starts to get obliterate and temple rituals and festivals began to diminish for many years. This resulted in the commencement of many fears and disasters such as epidemics, abnormal deaths etc in the area. To get divest these troubles, the control of the temple was transferred to Mele Thrikkovil Kshethra samithi by the then Karanavar of Blaha Tharavadu, Sri Kochunni Nair in 1994. The idol here is the rarest of all Mahadeva, accompanied by Sri Parvathy form, which gives the Darshana to east ward direction. The Thanthric Sthaanam ( the authority to do the Thanthric ceremonies) in this temple is given to the well-known Anthikkadu Pazhangaaparambu Mana. The Upadevathas here are Mahaganapathi, Subrahmanyan, and Damabathi Shasthavu. Besides this, there is the very old Nagas (serpent Gods) and Naga Kavu (Sacred Grooves) can be seen in the Chuttambalam which is positioned by doing special Poojas and rituals (Aavahanas). The Sarppabali which is done in the month of Vrischika (Uthram Nakshthrara) is considered superior for Santhanalabthi (obtaining good child) and also as a remedy for several illness. The Damabathi Shasthavu who is a unique Prathishta (deity) can be spotted here only. Paying homage to this god, well and prosper marriage life is accomplished. Thiruvaathira in Dhanu month, Krishnapaksha Chathurdashi or Shivarathhry in Kumbha month, Siva Chadurdashi, Pradosha Pooja, Vaavu Bali etc are the chief festivals and key dates of temple. The rarest “Golaka” of Sri Mahadeva (which can’t be seen even in North Indian temples , the Valampiri Shanghu adorned with gold and Navarathna are yet another peculiarity of Melthrikkovil Temple.
Valapad Vennikkal Mahadeva Temple
This west facing Shiva temple is situated near Kothakulam junction, Valapad.
Valapad Pynoor Pookkodu Shiva Temple