Kodungallur Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lord Ganapathy
  • Cheraman Perumal
  • Sundaramoorthy Nayanar
  • Brangiradi
  • Sandhyavelakkal Sivan
  • Sakthi Panchakshari
  • Unni Thevar
  • Lord Ayyappan
  • Lord Hanuaman
  • Nagaraja
  • Lord Pashupathi
  • Nadakkal Sivan, Lord Subramanyan, Bhagavathy
  • Goddess Ganga, Konnakkal Siva, Kottarathil Thevar
  • Dakshinamoorthy

Location :

Kodungallur Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple,
ThiruvanJai Kalam / Tiruvanchikulam Temple,
Sringapuram, Kodungallur,
Thrissur district-680664
Kerala.

Timings :

  • Morning – 5 AM to 11 AM
  • Evening – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Temple History :

Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva temple is a beautiful temple which exhibits the glorie of Kerala temples. The temple of Maha Deva is Located at Kodungallur, which is about 30-km from Thrissur city. Lord Shiva is the principle deity of this temple called as Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva. This is the most ancient and powerful temple of Mahadeva. This temple is located between a beautiful nature. The main entrance of this temple itself makes one surprise because of its amazing Kerala architecture. This is one of the four Tali temples and is situated in the Kodungallur – Ernakulam NH17 highway and is approximately 2.5 kilometers away from Kodungallur town. The namaskar mandapam and Sri Kovil was built of granite and the walls of the Sri Kovil is constructed with laterite. The walls of the Sri Kovil are painted with the arts of Ghanadvaras, Panjaras, Toranas etc. There is copper sheet roofing over the Sri Kovil, Mukhamandapa, Namaskar mandapam and there is horizontal wooden work. There are carved wooden figures on the ground floor and they are placed at regular intervals. There is a three storied Dwara Gopuram on the eastern side of the temple through which the devotees should enter the temple. The devotees will reach the Annapandhal and towards the western side of the Aannapandhal, there is a Dwaja Sstambaha.

Legend: According to The legend of this temple saint Sundar Moorthy Nayanar and Cheraman Perumal (both were close friends) worshiped Lord Shiva leading to eternal bliss. They reached Kailas (the abode of Shiva) by riding on a 1000-tusked white elephant by Nayanar and on a blue horse by Perumal. Both of them have shrines in the temple. This event was taken place on Swati day in the month of Karkidakam (July/August) and special Poojas are performed in these shrines. There is yet another story winding the temple. Umamaheshwara once appeared in this place where Vasuki (serpent God and holy Nagas (serpents)) stood guard. The Shiva Lingam here is said to have been self-incarnated(Swayambhu). It is of 4-inch length, 12-inch diameter and in semi-circle form. There is water around as synonymous to Ganga. The majestic gateway is decorated with carvings of elephants, gods, and goddesses. Only the left side of the entrance there is a stone carving of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi as right and left respectively. Inside the enclosure, there is a porch with carvings dedicated to the characters of the great Hindu epic of Ramayana. The inner sanctum houses a plain stone lingam. There is a scar mark on the left side on the top of the head. This marking is attributed to a story. When Shiva and Parvathi appeared before Arjuna in the form of Kiratha and Kirathu (hunter and huntress) Arjuna hit on the forehead of Kiratha which caused the mark. This was due to mistaken identity.

A Brahmin had taken away Vasuki who stood guard to Umamaheshwara (Uma and Maheshwara – Parvathi and Shiva) in a palm-leaf umbrella to his Mana (home) for worship with the blessings of Umamaheshwara. This Brahmin family later became rich and their Mana famed as Pampummekkatt (serving of snake) Mana. This Mana is about 6-km east of Mahadeva temple. It is very famous for serpent Gods. People from all over Kerala and beyond visit here for the solution of problems connected with serpents.

Festivals :

  • Shivarathri
  • Karthika pournami
  • Navaratri

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Shankabhishekam (pouring ‘Shanku’ flowers on the idol)
  • Dhambathi Pooja (couple offering)
  • Palliyara Darshanam

Nearest Temples Around Kodungallur Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva temple :

  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 27.00 km
  • Alathiyur Sri Anjaneya temple – Malappuram district – 89.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 116.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Ernakulam – 36 km
  • Thrissur – 38 km
  • Chalakudy – 23 km
  • Irinjalakuda – 22 km
  • Paravur – 10 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Irinjalakuda – 22 km
  • Chalakudy – 21 km
  • Angamali – 25 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Trivendrum – 236 km
  • Cochin – 28 km
  • Calicut – 129 km
  • Kannur – 237 km
  • Coimbatore – 169 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 374 km
  • Mangaluru – 384 km

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