Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Vaikom

The Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is a temple for the Hindu god Shiva in Vaikom, Kerala. The temple, at the side of Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple is considered a effective trisome. The notion is if a devotee worships at those 3 temples before ‘Ucha pooja’, all the desires are fulfilled. The Vaikom Mahadeva temple is one of the few temples which is held in reverence by using each Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites. Vaikom’s Shiva is fondly known as Vaikkathappan. The Shiva Linga right here is thought to be from the ‘Treta yuga’ and taken into consideration as one of the oldest temples in Kerala where pooja has not been damaged considering that inception.

On a *Vritchika – Krishna paksha – Ashtami day (in step with Malayalam technology), the Lord of Lords and God of Gods – Siva the Paremeswara appeared to the Maharshi together with his consort Parvati – the Jagat Janani. The Lord proclaimed, “This region will be known as Vyaghrapadapurma”, and disappeared. The sector-famous Vaikkathashtami and all related holy festivals are observed here even to these days at the equal Vrichika – Krishna*- Ashtami. Pratishta of Kochalumchuvadu Bhagavathy Vyaghrapada Maharshi persisted the Pooja in most esteem and devotion for a while and went on pilgrimage.Months and years passed. Sri Parasurama – the Chiramjeevi become going through the sky sooner or later. Seeing proper omens alighted right here and saw a Holy Siva Linga emerged in water emitting heavenly rays. He ought to remember that it become the Siva Linga placed by means of Khara. Sri Parasurama notion himself that, the holiest and noblest Siva Chaitanya can be a awesome refuge for the committed who want to acquire Moksha. He consecrated the auspicious Linga here along with his earnest Prayers and recitation of Siva Mantras.

The most benign Lord Siva right away appeared along with his consort Parvati Devi earlier than Parasurama. He changed into so pleased that the Linga changed into consecrated with the Mantras by using Parasurama – an avatar of Vishnu, his best devotee. Complete of joy and gratitude Parasurama completed Siva Linga pooja there for some days. Then he himself constructed a temple here and entrusted a noble Brahmin of Taruna village whom he taught Pooja Mantras. The Brahmin had learned all the 28 Sivagama and wore rudraksha and bhasma. Parasurama donated the entire temple with Linga to Brahmins and disappeared. It is the perception that the temple and all rites and customs are planned and stuck through Parasurama himself. It is believed that the ‘Vyaghralayesha’ Siva gives His advantages to the Devotees in three Bhavas or paperwork inside the morning, midday, and nighttime in this Holy Temple. As Dhakshinamoorthy inside the daybreak, Kirathamoorthi inside the midday time & Shakti Panchakshari within the nighttime.

Certainly one of the most important temples in Kerala, the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple has a courtyard of about eight acres of land. The premises levelled with river sand is covered via compound walls with 4 Gopuras or towers on all the four sides. Eventhough temples normally constructed close to best East-West course (e.G., Ettumanoor and Kaduthuruthy temples), Vaikom temple shows a tilt of 5 diploma inside the North-South route.The Sreekovil is outwardly round in shape roofed with copper sheets and with chambers. In truth, this is the most effective temple in Kerala with an oval formed Sreekovil, though externally it seems like a round temple.This oval shape is obvious while the width of antharaala is measured. Only Silpis with superb talent can execute such marvellous architectural systems. The remnants of the basement of Kooththambalam on the Sree Mahadeva temple, Chengannur also reveal that it become elliptical in form. It’s far believed that each those structures had been constructed by Perumthachchan.

The Mukha Mandapa – the primary chamber is built in formed stone and single piece woods. The partitions and pillars are very strong. The Garbha Griha(Sanctum Santorium) – the second chamber is constructed completely in stone which includes the roof in a square shape.It’s far a totally curious and bizarre fact that we’re unable to reap the Darsana of the splendid Saiva Chaitanya from this Sreekovil with out passing thru a ‘six steps’ either from the Gopura or the Nada. It is able to be reminding us the Shad (six) vikaras (feelings) such as Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Madha and Mathsarya or the thantrik chakras as in line with the thanthrik Kalpana. This is nicely depicted inside the well-known Malayalam kriti, Naranayingane Janichu Bhoomiyil, written approximately the deity of this temple.

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How to reach

  • By Road: Vaikom is well connected with all major cities in India by road. KSRTC runs direct bus services to all major destinations within and outside Kerala. You can visit the website Aanavandi for KSRTC bus timings to & from Vaikom. Private bus services are also abundant. Inter State bus services are available from Ernakulam to Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Chennai & Pondicherry.
  • By Train:  Ernakulam Junction and Town station are the nearest major railway stations, about 35 Km from the town. You can also reach Vaikom by getting down at Vaikom Road or Tripunithura Railway Stations.
  • By Air: Cochin International Airport is about 60 Km away from Vaikom.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is  Cochin International Airport
  • Nearest railway station is Ernakulam
  • Nearest bus station is Ernakulam
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