Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple Kollam
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Two Rameswaram Mahadeva Temples are included in the 108 Shivalayams. The first one is the Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple located in the Kollam Corporation. This temple is just 1.5 Km away from the famous Anandavalleeswaram Mahadeva Temple. It is also near to the Mulankadakam Devi Temple.
Local people believes that Lord Rama worshipped Mahadeva at this place and hence the name Rameswaram. Ramankulangara a place near to Rameswaram also indicates the association of Lord Rama with this temple. According to historical references and inscriptions found from the temple, this temple is older than 1100 years. Navakodi Narayanan Chettiyar a merchant who came from Tamil Nadu constructed five Shiva Temples in Kollam. They are Anandavalleeswaram, Manaleeswaram, Rameswaram, Chittadeeswaram and Trikkapaleeswaram.
This west facing Mahadeva temple is famous for its sculpturs. There are two small gopurams in west and north sides and there is a copper dwajam infront of the balikkalppura. There is no nalambalam, instead there is a small mathil or wall around the Sreekovil. The rectangular sreekovil has a pyramidal roof. The Sreekovil and Namaskaramandapam are decorated with beautiful stone and wood sculptures. Valiyambalm and balikkalppura are in typical Kerala style. All sub deity shrines are located near to the Sreekovil inside the mathil. Ganapathy, Sastha, Subrahmanya,Parasurama, Dakshinamoorthy, Naga devathas and Bhagavathy are the subdeities.
This temple is managed by Travancore Devaswom Board. Budhanoor Adimuttathu Bhattathiri is the Tantri of this temple. There are three poojas daily. Rudrabhishekham , Dhara, Payasam and Ootu are the main offerings. The 8 day long annual festival of this temple will end with arattu on Thiruvathira day of Makaram (January - February). There are some stone inscriptions in this temple. One inscription is related to the Venad king Ramavarma Kulashekhara. In 1102 A.D, the King gave some land to this temple as a donation. It is believed that the Malayalam era or Kollavarsham was started to remember the renovation of this temple and the rise of Kollam city as capital of Venad kingdom.
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