God and Godess :

  • Mahadeva
  • Sree Dharma Sastha
  • Sati Devi
  • Maha Vishnu
  • Sree Parvathi Devi

Location :

Aluva Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple
Tiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple,
Thekkumbhagom, Tiruvairanikkulam,
Near Aluva,
Ernakulam district – 683580
Kerala

Timings :

  • Morning – 4.30AM to 12PM
  • Evening – 5PM to 7.30PM
  • Parvathi devi temple
  • 04:30 AM to 01:30 PM and 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM. 

Temple History :

Thiruvairanikulam Mahadeva Temple is a famous Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati temple located about 15 km south of Aluva, in Ernakulam district of Kerala state. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva, who is worshiped as Mahadeva. The Lord faces east and the separate shrine for Goddess Parvati facing west in the same sanctum(Garbhalaya). The unique feature Thiruvairanikulam Temple is that the shrine of Lord Shiva is open all round the year but, the temple of Goddess Parvathi is open only for 12 days in a year. The shrine of the Goddess Parvati is opened during the Malayalam month of Dhanu (midDecember – midJanuary), beginning from the Thiruvathira Nakshatram, the birthday of Lord Shiva. A grand festival is celebrated at the Thiruvairanikulam Shiva Temple during the opening period called as Nadathurappu Mahothsavam.

The temple of Mahadeva is situated near a village called Srimoola Nagaram, on the banks of river Periyar. A Mandapam in front of Lord Shiva has an idol of the Rishabam(Nandi), the celestial bull, which is seen facing the Lord. Lord Ganapathy is seen on the nearby lawn, facing east. Other deities found here are Lord Dharmasastha (Swamy Ayyappa), Lord Mahavishnu, Goddess Sati Devi and Goddess Durga. It is believed that the temple was found during the period of Agnihotri – one among the legendary Parayi Petta Panthirukulam. The Story behind that the Goddess Parvathi Idol at Thiruvairanikulam Temple is opened for only 12 days? The legend goes that in the past, it was Goddess Parvathi who had prepared food for Mahadeva in the Thidappilli (temple kitchen) and no one was allowed inside the kitchen. But, once a Brahmin belonging to the Uranmakkar (people who have the right to the temple) started to find out the secret. The Brahmin was amazed to see the Goddess in her full attire and shouted in excitement. The Goddess who got angry disappeared saying that he had deviated from the tradition. The Brahmin requested the angry Goddess not to leave the place. However, the goddess conceded that she would return to the place for a period of twelve days every year from the day of Thiruvathira in the month of Dhanu, which is the birthday of Maha Shiva. This annual visit of the Goddess is celebrated with great pomp. Unlike other temples, Abhishekam is done for the deity using turmeric powder.Lord Shiva is offered with four pooja services including one Naivedyam. The celestial bull, unlike in other temples, cannot be touched by devotees or even by the Kazhaka (one who maintains the temple surroundings), except by the Thantris or Brahmins who are permitted to do so. A cleansing ceremony is performed if somebody touches the bull(Nandiswara).

Festivals :

  • Thiruvathira
  • Punartham
  • Vinayaka Chathurthi
  • Sreekrishna jayanthi 
  • Aayilliam
  • Navarathri
  • Nadathurappu Mahothsavam

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • AAYURSOOKHTHAM PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20
  • AIKYAMATHYAM PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20.00
  • AKHORAMANTRAM – PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20.00
  • BHAAGYASOOKTHAM – PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20.00
  • MRITHVINJAYA PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20.00
  • PURUSHASOOKHTHAM PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20.00
  • PUSHPANJALI – Rs 5.00
  • SWAYAMVARA PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20.00
  • VIDHYAMANTRAM PUSHPANJALI – Rs 20.00

ABHISHEKANGAL – AMOUNT (INR)

  • 1 1000 KUDAM DHARA – Rs 1501.00
  • 2 101 KUDAM DHARA – Rs 151.00
  • 3 ASHTABISHEKAM – Rs 3000.00
  • 4 DHARA – Rs 20
  • 5 ENNA ABHISHEKAM – 1 KG – Rs 151.00
  • 6 KALABHABISHEKAM – Rs 10001.00
  • 7 NEYY (GHEE) ABISHEKAM – Rs 600.00
  • 8 PAALABHISHEKAM (1 LTR.) – Rs 51.00
  • 9 SHANKABHISHEKAM – Rs 20.00
  • 10 SREERUDHRAM DHARA – Rs 50.00
  • 11 PARIKALASAM – Rs 251
  • 12 BRAHMAKALASAM – Rs 3501
  • 13 THATHWAKALASAM – Rs 2001
  • 14 ORU DIVASATHE CHADANGU – Rs 10001
  • 15 BLOCKED ON AUGUST 15

MALAKAL – AMOUNT (INR)

  • 1 KARUKAMALA – Rs 10.00
  • 2 KOOVALAMALA – Rs 10.00
  • 3 POOMALA – Rs 10.00
  • 4 THULASIMALA – Rs 10.00

PARAKAL – AMOUNT (INR)

  • 1 ARIPPARA – Rs 60.00
  • 2 ELLU PARA – Rs 80.00
  • 3 MALARPARA – Rs 40.00
  • 4 MANJAL PARA – Rs 80.00
  • 5 POOPARA – Rs 60.00
  • POOJAKAL – AMOUNT (INR)
  • AAYILYAM POOJA – Rs 51.00
  • BHAGAVATHSEVA – Rs 101.00
  • NAVAGRAHA POOJA – Rs 5000.00
  • ORU DIVASATHE POOJA – Rs 2000.00
  • ORU DIVASATHE POOJA (NADATHURAP SEASON) – Rs 6000.00
  • PRADOSHA POOJA – Rs 101.00
  • RAHU POOJA – Rs 51.00
  • UDAYASTHAMAYA POOJA – Rs 12000.00
  • UMA MAHESWARA POOJA – Rs 501.00
  • VAAVU POOJA – Rs 101.00

Nearest Temples Around Aluvu (Thekkambhagom) – Thiruviranikkulam mahadeva temple :

  • Kaladi Srikrishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 8.00
  • Chelamattom Sri Krishna Temple – Ernakulam district – 10.00 km
  • Manjapra Karppillikavu mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 12.00 km
  • Thottuva Dhanvanthari Moorthi temple – Ernakulam district – 17.00 km
  • Methala Kallil Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 19.00 km
  • Edappally Mahaganapathi temple – Ernakulam district – 22.00 km
  • Paravoor Dakshina Mookambika Temple – Ernakulam district – 25.00 km
  • Mamala Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 29.00 km
  • Chottanikkara Sri Bhagavathi Temple – Ernakulam district – 30.00 km
  • Anicadu Thiruvumplavi Mahadeva temple – Ernakulam district – 32.00 km
  • Udayamperoor Ameda Temple – Ernakulam district – 34.00 km
  • Palluruthy Sri Dhanwanthari Temple – Ernakulam district – 40.00 km
  • Arattupuzha Sri sastha temple – Thrissur district – 49.00 km
  • Vaikom Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 51.00 km
  • Iravimangalam Sri Suryadeva Temple – Kottayam district – 55.00 km
  • Cherthala Sri Katyayani Devi Temple – Alappuzha district – 61.00 km
  • Varanad Devi Jagadambika temple – Alappuzha district – 65.00 km
  • Ettumanur Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 70.00 km
  • Chirakkadavu Mahadeva temple – Kottayam district – 89.00 km
  • Haripad Sri Subramanya Temple – Alappuzha district – 113.00 km
  • Haripad Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple – Alappuzha district – 113.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Aluvu – 9.00 km
  • Perumbavoor – 9.00 km
  • Angamaly / Angamali – 14.00 km
  • Ernakulam – 28.00 km
  • Kodungallur – 35.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Station Name Distance (in KM)
  • Chowara – 8.00 km
  • Aluva / Aluvu – 9.00 km
  • Kalamassery – 16.00 km
  • Angamaly / Angamali – 16.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Cochin International Airport,Cochin – 10.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport,Kozhikode. – 162.00 km
  • Trivandrum International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram – 229.00 km
  • Madurai Airport,Madurai – 253.00 km
  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur – 271.00 km
  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 372.00 km

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