Vezhanganam Mahadeva Temple



Vezhanganam Mahadeva Temple is situated in Bharananganam Panchayath. It is located at a distance of 7 km from Pravithanam junction in Thodupuzha - Pala road and 9 km from Panaykkappalam junction in Pala - Erattupetta road and 8 kilometers from Bharananganam. This is the Grama Kshetra (common temple) for 8 karas or villages (Vezhanganam, Choondacherry, Valiyakavumpuram, Thevarupadam, Nariyanganam, Pravithanam, Ullanadu and Kanjiramattam). According to the Devaprasna conducted in 1986, this temple is more than 1500 years old. Earlier the temple was under Kidangoor Cheruvally Illam and the ownership of this temple was considered as the symbol of rulership over the 8 karas(villages). The place name Vezhanganam is derived from 'Vezhamkanam' which means 'forest with elephents'.Here Lord Mahadeva is in Yogi form (meditating form).





Architecture

The sreekovil is in square shape with a conical roof and have Garbhagruham. The temple has a Valiyambalam and Balikkalpura.


Events

The Punaprathishta was conducted on 1987 July 27 and Ashtabandha Kalasam and Naveekarana Kalasam was conducted in 2006 March. The renovation of the namaskaramandapam and Valiyambalam was completed in 2006. First Bhagavatha Sapthaham was organised in June 2008.



Sub Deities (Upadevathakal)

Ganapathy, Ayyappa, Bhagavathy(Durga), Brahma Rakshas, Yakshi and Nagadevathas are the sub deities.





Pooja Timing

Morning:       6.30 am - 9.15 am

Evening:       5.30 pm - 7.15 pm


Thanthri and Melsanthi

Puliyanoor Mundakkudi Illam Brhmasree Vishnu Nampoothiri is the Tanthri or chief priest of this temple. He is also the tanthri of Lalam Mahadeva Temple, Puliyannoor Sreekurumbakkavu, Kezhuvamkulam Cheruvallikkavu Temple and Vilakkumadam Bhagavathi Temple. Melasanthis are appointed by Travancore Devaswom Board for three years. Presently Narayanan Nampoothiri is the Melasanthi.



Administration

Vezhanganam Mahadeva Temple is managed by Travancore Devaswom Board (under Ettumanoor Group - Lalam Sub Group). Vezhanganam Mahadeva Kshetropadesaka Samithi coordinates the day-to-day activities.



Offerings (Vazhipadukal)

Chathussatham, Dhara, Rudrabhishekam, Ashtotharaarchana, Kadumpayasam, Ganapathy homam, Pinvilakku, Neeranjanam and Bhagavathy seva are the main offerings.



Special Days (Vishesha Dinangal)

Chingam

Andupirappu (Chingam 1), Thiruvonam, Niraputhary,
Vinayaka Chathurthi, Sree Krishna Jayanthi(Ashtami Rohini)

Kanni Ayilyam

Tulam

Ayilyam, Durgashtami(pooja veyppu), Maha Navami, Vijaya Dasami (vidyarambham), Deepavali

Vrischikam Mandalakalam Begins, Thrikkarthika

Dhanu Mandalakalm ends (Nalppathonnu), Thiruvathira

Makaram Makaravilakku

Kumbham Maha Shivarathry (Navakam, Panchagayam, Ashtabhishekam)

Meenam Meena Pooram, Meena Bharani

Medam Vishu, Pathamudayam

Edavam Pradosham

Mithunam Prathishta Dinam (June 27 - Navakam, Panchagayam), Bhagavatha Sapthaham

Karkkidakam Ramayana Masam, Karkkidaka Vavu


Pradosham, Chathurdasi, Mondays and Saturdays are auspicious days to worship Lord Vezhanganam Sree Mahadeva. Akhanda Nama Japam will be conducted on first Sunday in every month(english calendar).Daily Ganapathy Homam in Karkkidakam andThiruvathira Varam on every Thiruvathira day




Ashtabandha Kalasam and Parivara Prathishta (2011 August 23 to August 28 - Chingam 7 to Chingam 10)


Day 1 - August 23 (Chingam 7) - Tuesday



Day 2 - August 24 (Chingam 8) - Wednesday


Evening

5.00 pm - Acharyavaranam
6.30 pm - Deeparadhana
7.00 pm onwards - Sudarshana Homam, Avahanam, Prasada Suddhi Kriyakal






Morning

5.30 am - Nada Thurakkal
6.30 am onwards - Ganapathy Homam, Bimbasuddhi, Kalasa Pooja, Chora Santhi Homam, Kalsabhishekam, Thilahomam, Vishnu Pooja

Evening

Sthalasuddhi, Uchadanam (Guruthy)




Day 3 - August 25 (Chingam 9) - Thursday



Day 4 - August 26 (Chingam 10) - Friday


Morning

5.30 am - Nada Thurakkal
6.30 am onwards - Tathva Homam, Kalasa Pooja, Brahma Kalasa Pooja, Parivara Prathishta Homam,Kalasam,Parivara Prathishta Marappani, Anunja Kalasa Pooja, Kalasabhishekam, Sreebhutha Bali, Anunja Prarthana

Evening

5.30 pm onwards - Pari kalasa pooja, Adhivasa homam, Adhivasa pooja


Morning

5.30 am - Nada Thurakkal
6.30 am onwards - Ganapathy Homam, Adhivasathunkal Usha Pooja, Upadeva kalasa pooja, Thimila Pani, Parikalasabhishekam, Marappani, Brahma kalasa ashtabandham ezhunnallathu, Ashtabandham Charthal, Brahma kalasabhishekam, prasanna pooja, upadeva kalasabhishekam, Sreebhutha bali, Dakshina
12.00 pm Prasada Oottu

Evening

6.30 pm - Deeparadhana
7.30 pm - Samapana Sammelanam



Contact

Narayanan Nampoothiri (Melsanthi) - 9744801950

Mohanan Kottaram (Kshetropadesaka Samithi President) - 04822 239151

Anoop Karikkatt (Kshetropadesaka Samithi Secretary) - 9846292316

Dinakaran Nair Palackamattathil (Treasurer Punarudhharana Committee) - 04822 239216



Downloads

Vezhanganam Mahadeva Kshetram Charithravum Keerthanangalum (sample pages)

Vezhanganam Shiva Panchakam (Malayalam)

Shankara Bhavthu - Ragam Panthuvarali (Malayalam in PDF)



Near by Temples

Bharananganam Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, Lalam Mahadeva Temple, Kadappattoor Mahadeva Temple, Ramapuram Sree Rama Temple, Anthinad Mahadeva Temple, Melampara Dharma Sastha Temple