Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple, Thrissur

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  • From the Cheruman Mosque, it is a short drive to the Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple (‘Mahadeva’ for short). This Hindu temple, probably first built in the 8th century (AD), is dedicated to Shiva. Th...  more »
  • The most significant point in history is that this is the only padal petra sthallam (sung by the Nayanmars) in Kerala. The temple has got a great history associated with it. The most important one bei...  more »
  • Lord Mahadevan with Parvathy and Ganga matha. It has got a very great historical importance. No guides to explain the heritage of this temple to the first time visitors .  more »
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  • Historical Siva temple which is one of the oldest in Kerala. It is situated about two kilo meters from the Kodungallur city center. A architecture classic which has entrance towers in all four sides. Although the temple is said to be very historical it is not maintained very well.
  • One of the oldest temple in kerala located in Thrissur district near Kodungallur in NH 17 highway.
  • THIRUVANCHIKKULAM Mahadeva Temple or Thiruvanchikkulam Temple or ThiruvanJai Kalam Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Kodungallur in Thrissur district in the South Indian state of Kerala in India. Constructed in the Kerala style of architecture, the temple is believed to have been built during the Chera period in the 8th century. Shiva is worshiped as Mahadeva and his consort Parvathi as Umadevi. This is the only Thevaram Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam in Kerala. Shiva is the family god of the Cochin Royal Family (Perumpadapu Swaroopam after they came to power following the decline of Chera Empire). The temple has very good mural paintings and is a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple has the oldest reference in history in Thevaram Hymns sung by Sundara Murthi Nayanar (also known as Sundarar in Tamil), one of the four Saiva Acharyas. The images of Sundara Murthi Nayanar, and of Cheraman Perumal Nayanar can also be seen in the temple premises. It is one of the oldest Shiva temples in South India, where Shiva is said to live along with his whole family.It was from here, Sundara Murthi Nayanar reached Kailash by sitting on an white elephant,sent by Lord Shiva on Adi Swathi day (July/August). He was followed on horse back by Seraman Perumal Nayanar. On his way to Kailash, Sundara Murthi Nayanar sang a Padhigam which was sent back to Thiruvanchikulam on his request. The temple is associated with Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu.[2][3][4] The capital city of the Kulasekharas, Mahodayapuram, was built around the temple; it was protected by high fortifications on all sides and had extensive pathways and palaces. This temple was attacked and damaged during Tipu Sultan's invasion of Kerala; the copper roofing and gold and jewels were looted. Tipu's Muslim soldiers fled the temple complex only after the arrival of the Travancore Army of Dalawa Keshavadas Pillai. The temple was rebuilt by Paliath Achanof Kochi/Perumpadappu Swaroopam. The temple is built in Kerala style of architecture with entrance towers in all four sides. The sanctum occupies the centre portion of the temple, which is fortified. The sanctum is approached through a flagstaff, which is axial to the entrance tower and the sanctum. The flagstaff has images of Asthavidyesavara. The presiding deity is in the form of lingam. The image of Narasimha is sculpted on the vimana. The images of Sundarar and Ceramanperuman are maintained at Bhagavathi temple and brought to the temple during Svati festival during July - August. There are two temple tanks in the temple, located in the second precinct
  • The only temple in Kerala which has the songs of Naayanmaar Sundarar. In this Temple the chera king who was a devotee of sundarar told the Mantra Namasivaya in the ears of his horse and went to kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva. He waited there to receive his guru sundarar. This is a best example of how a shishya should be and how ones Guru bakthi can make them immortal.. Best temple which has silent Powerful vibrations..
  • The pilgrims to Sabarimala usually worship here after their visit in Kodungallur Sri Bhadra Temple.

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Most of the accommodations in Thrissur lie to the south of the central temple complex and park. Directly next to the park you'll find some luxury hotels, with onsite pools and restaurants, and easy access to the main attractions. Side-street guesthouses and hotels in this central district provide Thrissur's main budget-friendly options, while some larger hotels and resorts have set up shop farther out of town, offering rental villas and outdoor pools.
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