Shiva Temples in Thiruvananthapuram District


Kantallur Valiyasala Mahadeva Temple
Aruvippuram Mahadeva Temple
Kulathoor Kolathukara Mahadeva Temple
Aniruddheswaram Mahadeva Temple
Kazhakkutam Mahadeva Temple
Chengallur Mahadeva Temple
Aarayoor Mahadeva Temple
Kilimanoor Mahadeva Temple
Bharadwajarisheeswaram Mahadeva Temple
Chezhungannoor Mahadeva Temple
Chittadeeswaram Mahadeva Temple
Chitteeswaram Mahadeva Temple
Keleswaram Mahadeva Temple
Enikkara Mahadeva Temple
Pattom Ashtalakshmi Viswanatha Temple

Anayara Valiya Udeswaram (Valiy Udayadityapuram) Mahadeva Temple

Located at Anayara junction near Pettah in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. This is an ancient temple with copper covered circular sreekovil and copper dwaja prathishta. Here Lord Shiva is in Dhyana Bhava (doing penance) . Three sreebalis and five poojas are conducted daily. Sastha, Ganapathy, Brahmarakshas, Veerarakshas and Chadayappan (another form of Shiva) are the upadevathas. Thiruvathira and Shivarathry are celebrated here. The 8 day long annual utsavam is in Vrischikam.

Venjaramoodu Manikkodu Mahadeva Temple

Located near Venjaramoodu in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. This is an ancient temple with copper covered circular sreekovil and copper dwaja prathishta.

Kadinamkulam Mahadeva Temple

Located at Kadinamkulam near Kaniyapuram and Perumathura in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. This is an ancient temple with circular sreekovil and copper dwaja prathishta. Ganapathy and Brahma Rakshas are the subdieties. Thiruvatira utsavam in Dhanu and shivarathry are the main festivals in this west facing temple. Kadinamkulam lake is near by. Mondays and Pradosha days are important days for worshipping Lord Shiva.

Madavoorppara Mahadeva Temple (Rock Temple)

One of the oldest temples in Kerala. Located at Madavoorppara near Pothencode and Chembazhanthi in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a rock temple. Shivalinga Prathishta is inside a rock cave. Ganapathy and Subrahmanya are Upadevathas. Several inscriptions were found here and are dated back to 9th Century (A.D). Madavoorppara temple is managed by Chenkottukonam Sree Ramadasa Ashram. Archiological Department declared this as a place with historical significance. There is a small pond near to the rock temple.

Ilamkulam Mahadeva Temple

Located at Kallampally near Srikaryam junction in Thiruvananthapuram district. Swaymboo Shivalinga is worshipped inside Gajaprishta type Sreekovil and this temple has copper dwaja prathishta. Ganapathy, Devi,Sastha, Nagar,Brahmarakshas and Balayakshi are the sub deities. Shivarathry utsavam (8 day ) and thiruvathira are the main festivals.

Trippappoor (Trippadapuram) Mahadeva Temple

Located at Trippadapuram near Karyavattam in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. This is an ancient temple with circular sreekovil and copper dwaja prathishta. There are six shivalinga prathishtas in this temple. Roofs of Sreekovil and namaskaramandapam are copper coverd. Shiva is in ugramoorthy form. To reduce the ugra bhava of lord shiva, Vilwamangalam Swamiyar installed a Vishnu idle facing west and later a temple with round sreekovil and nalambalam was created in front of the shiva temple (at a distance of 50 meters). This is the only temple in Kerala where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu idols are installed in a face to face manner. Shiva temple is bigger than Vishnu temple and has an anakkottil infront of the balikkalppura. Dwaja is common for both the deities and there is separate utsavams for both deities. Members of Kolloor Athiyara Madam and Kizhakke Cherumukku Illam are the chief priests(Tantri). Unnuneeli Sandesam written in ME 490 praises the glory of this temple. Venadu royal dynasty is also called Trippappoor swaroopam and Trippappoor temple is one among the Paradevatha temples of Trvancore royal family.Ashtami rohini, Thiruvonam, Shivarathry, Vishu, Navarathry and Mandala Chirappu are celebrated here. The 8 day long annual festival for Lord Shiva concludes with arattu on Chitthira day in Tulam. Akhanda nama japam and continuous Ghrita (ghee) dhara are conducted on Shivarathry day.

Narmadeswaram Mahadeva Temple
Kailaseswaram Mahadeva Temple
Gaureesapattom Mahadeva Temple

Located at Gaureesapattom near Pattom in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. This is an ancient temple with circular sreekovil and copper dwaja prathishta. Idols of Lord Shiva facing east and Goddess Parvathi facing west are installed in the same sreekovil. The name Gaureesapattom is closely related to Gauri (Parvathi) and Eesa (Shiva) of this temple. Thiruvathira and Shivarathry are the main festivals.

Ottasekharamangalam Mahadeva Temple

Located on the bank of Chittar river at Ottasekharamangalam near Vellarada in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. Sage Khara installed the Shivalinga here. Khara Maharshi usually installs three shivalingas (equal distance between two shivalingas) at the same moment. He installed three shivalingas at Vaikom, Kaduthuruthy and Ettumanoor at the same time. (Distance between Vaikom and Kaduthuruthy and Kaduthuruthy and Ettumanoor is 14Km). But he installed only one Shivalinga on the bank of Chittar river and attained Moksha. The name Ottasekharamangalam means the place of one Shiva (Otta means one and Sekhara means Shiva).


Members of Athiyara Madam and Neduvilakathu madam are the chief priests(Tantri). There are three sreekovils inside the nalambalam. The first round sreekovil contains the Shivalingam in ugra bhava installed by Khara Maharshi. To reduce the ugra bhava of lord shiva, Tantri (Chief priest) installed a Shivalinga in another round sreekovil. The sreekovil which is situated north to these two sreekovils contains the idol of Lord Vishnu. Ottasekharamangalam temple was renovated by Sree Moolam Thirunal Maharaja. This is the only temple in south Kerala having three copper dwaja prathishtas.( Dwaja prathishta was on o1 February 1998). Only three temples in Kerala have three dwaja prathishtas. The other two temples are Thiruvegappura Maha Temple in Malappuram district and Chinakkatthoor temple in Palakkad district.


Idols of Saptha Mathrukkal (Brahmi, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Kaumari, Maheswari, Indrani and Chamundi)can be seen to the north of Khara Shiva Prathishta sreekovil and to the north of Tantri Shiva Prathishta sreekovil. Usually they were represented using 7 small balikkallu. Payasam and dhara are the main offerings. Sastha, Ganapathy, Nagar and Yakshi are the sub deities. Thiruvathira, Shivarathry, Vishu, Niraputhary, Thiruvonam, Ayilyam (in Thulam), Trikkarthika and Sapthahayajnam are the main celebrations. The 10 day long annual festival concludes with arattu on Thiruvathira day in Dhanu and is famous for ezhunnallathu and seva rituals.


Udiyannoor Mahadeva Temple

Located at Nalanchira junction (M.C Road) near Kesavadasapuram in Thiruvananthapuram district. Old name was Udiyannoorkkonam Temple. There are two round sreekovils and Lord Shiva is the presiding diety in both sreekovils. One Shivalinga is worshipped in Ugra bhava and the other in Saumya bhava. Both temples have namaskaramandapam and copper dwaja prathishta. Vettakkorumakan, Devi Ganapathy and Naga are the upadevathas. This temple is managed by a Trust.

Karamana Taliyil Mahadeva Temple

Located at Karamana junction in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. This is an ancient temple with copper covered circular sreekovil and copper dwaja prathishta.

Thirumala Kosakkodu Mahadeva Temple

Located at Tirumala junction in Thiruvananthapuram district. This is a Major temple under Travancore Devaswom Board. This is an ancient temple with copper covered circular sreekovil and copper dwaja prathishta. Vilwamangalam Swamiyar installed the east facing Shivalinga here. Old name was Kusakkodu Temple. Kusam means darbha grass.

Parassala Mahadeva Temple

Parassala is a small town situated in the Southern end of Kerala. Parassala Mahadeva temple is located just 200 meters away from Parassala junction (in between Neyyattinkara and Nagarcoil) in National Highway 47. The idol of Lord Shiva was discovered by a Parayi woman. Hence the Shiva linga got the name "Parayi kanda shila" and later became Parassala. Parassala Mahadeva Temple was built by Mallen Chembakaraman Delava of Venad royal family. This west facing temple is well protected with a huge compound wall. There are two gopurams in the east and west and the western gopuram is connected to the anappanthal and nadappanthal. The temple architecture is in Tamil style with huge stone pillars. But the poojas are carried out in Kerala style and there are five poojas and three sheevelis daily. Kizhakke Cherumukku Nampoothiri is the Tantri. There are several stone sculptures in this temple. The tall and beautiful copper dwaja infront of the temple itself indicates the glory of this ancient temple (reinstalled on 1997 April 12). The 10 day long annual utsavam is in Medam (April - May). Tamil Brahmins offers the Kodikkoora and Paraya community offers the kodikkayar for conducting the kodiyettu ritual. The festival ends with arattu on thiruvathira day.Athirudra Maha Yajnam is conducted in every year. Shivarathry and Pradosha days are the other important festivals. Ganapathy and Parvathy are the upadevathas. This major temple is managed by Travancore Devaswom Board.Kadum payasam and dhara are the main offerings. The main speciality of this temple is the growing Swaymbhoo Ganapathy idol.Saturday, Monday and Pradosha days are important days.




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