Kalanjor Mahadeva temple :

God and Godess :

  • Mahadeva (Lord shiva)
  • Sastha
  • Mannadi Bhagavathi
  • Mahaganapathi
  • Bhoothathan
  • Rakshas
  • Yakshi
  • Nagaraja

Location :

Kalanjoor Mahadeva Temple
Thrikkalanjoor mahadeva temple, Kalanjoor,
Pathanamthitta district – 689694
Kerala

Timings :

  • Morning – 4:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Evening – 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Temple History :

Kalanjoor Mahadeva temple popularly known as Thrikkalanjoor Sree Mahadeva temple, a well known Hindu temple. It is 80 kilometers to the southwest of the Sabarimala temple on the Punular-Muvattupuzha highway in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India. A majestic banyan tree, flanked by an Althara that is visible from a distance for any traveler on the main road, announces the presence of the temple to the devotee. A Mandapam artistically etched with magnificent mural paintings announcing the prowess of artists and artisans of yore surrounds the banyan tree. Inside the Mandapam, there is an idol of Nataraja, the dancing manifestation of Lord Shiva, facing the east. From this Mandapam towards the west, a 60 feet high Gopuram (artistically carved towering arches) could be seen on the eastern side. The 18 ascending steps from the Gopuram lead to the sacred idols of Indiliyappan (Sastha) and the Mahasiva idol, which is the presiding deity of the Mahadeva temple.

The main deity of the temple is Lord Mahadeva installed in the form of Linga idol surrounded by other deities namely Swayambhoo Sastha, Mannadi Bhagavathi, Mahaganapathi and other devatas (sub-deities) such as Bhoothathan, Rakshas, Yakshi, and Nagaraja. Due to the presence of Mahadeva and Sastha idols in the temple, there are two Dhwajas (towering flag posts coated with copper) adjacent to each other which is a rare spectacle seldom seen in other temples. The Mahasiva idol and the Sastha idols are installed facing each other in this temple. The sanctum sanctorum of Lord Mahadeva was constructed in a circular manner and bears testimony to the fineness of ancient Kerala sculpture as in other prominent Shiva temples of Kerala. The artistically decorated towering Gopurams on the east and west Nada and the Anakkottil (waiting area for elephants during the festival ceremony) are indeed rare specialties.

According to legend, the main deity was installed by the majestic saint Khara who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and it claims an antiquity of more than 1100 years. In those ancient times, the place where the temple is now situated was covered with thick green forest. Saint Khara performed penance here and was successful in pleasing Lord Shiva by his devotion. Saint Khara installed three Shiva Lingas during an auspicious time at three different places at an equal distance from each other in the east-west direction. The Maha Shiva Linga was installed at Kalanjoor and the other two were installed at Peringanad and Arukalikkal. The Thanthram of this temple is performed by Kullakkada Thamarassery Nambi Madhom and the present Thanthri (chief priest) is Bhramasree Ramesh Bhanu Bhanu Pandarathil. Pillavaipu, Jaladhara, Pushapanjali, Mrithyunjahomam, Adithyanamaskaram, Therali, Unniappam etc are the major offerings here.

Festivals :

  • Mandalapooja (December/January)
  • Shivarathri
  • Ashtamirohini
  • Bhagavatha Sapthaham
  • Vinayaka Chathurthi
  • Ponkala
  • Pathamudayam
  • Navaratri

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • THE DAILY POOJAS IN THE TEMPLE
  • 4:45 a.m – Palliyunarthal
  • 5:00 a.m – Nada Thurakkal (Opening Temple)
  • 5:30 a.m – Abhishekam
  • 7:00 a.m – Usha Pooja
  • 10:00 a.m – Ucha pooja
  • 10:30 a.m – Nadayadakkal (Closing Temple)
  • TEMPLE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 10:30 a.m AND 5:30 p.m AND REOPENS AT 5:30 p.m –
  • 5:30 p.m. – Nada Thurakkal (Opening Temple)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Deeparadhana
  • 7:20 p.m. – Athazha pooja
  • 8:00 p.m. – Nadayadakkal (Closing Temple)
  • Ganapathy Homam –     Rs 10.00
  • Archana –        Rs 4.00
  • Mrithyunjayarchana –      Rs 10.00
  • Swayamvarachana –     Rs 10.00
  • Kudumba Archana –       Rs 10.00
  • Vidyasooktarchana –       Rs 10.00
  • Ikamathyasooktarchana –       Rs 10.00
  • Ashtothararchana –       Rs 10.00
  • Sathrusamhararchana –       Rs 10.00
  • Sahasranamarchana –       Rs 15.00
  • Nei Vilakku –        Rs 5.00
  • Vella Nivedyam –        Rs 5.00
  • Malar Nivedyam –       Rs 10.00
  • Thirumadhuram –   Rs     10.00
  • Payasam –       Rs 10.00
  • Neerajanam –    Rs 12.00
  • Mala –        Rs 4.00
  • Karuka Homam –      Rs  20.00
  • Eratti Payasam –       Rs 25.00
  • Pithru Pooja –      Rs 25.00
  • Thulabharam( Cost of Items extra) –       Rs 25.00
  • Vidyarambham –      Rs 25.00
  • Nurum Palum –       Rs 25.00
  • Shiva Pooja –       Rs 30.00
  • Palpayasam (1 lit) –       Rs 40.00
  • Aadithya Namaskaram –       Rs 35.00
  • Adimakidathu –       Rs 10.00
  • Shankabhishekam –       Rs 40.00
  • Abhishekam –      Rs 40.00
  • Choroonu –       Rs 51.00
  • Bhagavathy Seva –      Rs 51.00
  • Dhara –      Rs 51.00
  • Vigneswara Pooja –       Rs 51.00
  • Thirali Nivedyam –     Rs 100.00
  • Bhasmabishekam –     Rs 101.00
  • Edichupizhinja payasam –     Rs 150.00
  • Mahaganapathy Homam –     Rs 151.00
  • Muzhukkappu (Chandanam) –     Rs 175.00
  • Vella Panthirunazhi –     Rs 225.00
  • Mrithyunjaya Homam –     Rs 401.00
  • Deeparadhana –      Rs 501.00
  • Valiya Dhara –      Rs 500.00
  • Sharkkara Panthirunazhi –   Rs 1,000.00
  • One day Pooja (including deeparadhana) –   Rs 1,501.00
  • Aravana –      Rs   50.00
  • Appam (10 Nos.) –        Rs 10.00
  • Marriage –     Rs 500.00
  • Pazham Nivedyam –       Rs 10.00
  • Kalabham* – Rs 12,000.00
  • Chirappu –  Rs 3,500.00
  • Uthsavabali* – Rs 15,000.00
  • Udayasthamana Pooja* – Rs 15,000.00
  • Ashtabishekam –      Rs 700.00

Nearest Temples Around Kalanjor Mahadeva temple :

  • Aranmula Parthasarathi temple – Pathanamthitta district – 36.00 km
  • Erumeli Sri Dharmasastha and Petta Sasthavu Temples – Kottayam district – 52.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 61.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 101.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Punalur – 17 km
  • Pathanamthitta – 23 km
  • Adoor – 14 km
  • Pathanapuram – 4 km
  • Konni – 14 km
  • Kottarakkara – 21 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kottarakara – 23 km
  • Punalur – 19 km
  • Kura – 13 k

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 86 km
  • Cochin – 156 km
  • Calicut – 305 km
  • Coimbatore – 324 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 364 km
  • Madhurai – 225 km
  • Tuticorin – 165 km

Photos of the temple :