July 22, 2010

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

Kerala state of India is called as the God's own country. The state has a lot of beautiful sites, waterfalls, hill stations and wild life sanctuaries. In addition to all these tourist attractions, Kerala also has a lot of important temples. Guruvayurappan, Bhagavati, Iyappa and Shiva are the deities mainly worshiped across Kerala. Guruvayur has a famous temple for Guruvayurappan. Chottanikkara has the most important temple of Bhagavati and Iyappa has his prominent temple at Sabarimala. Similarly, Kerala also has many important temples for Lord Shiva. Among them, the Mahadeva temple at Vaikom can be considered as the most important.

Vaikom is a small town located in the Kottayam district of Kerala. The famous Shiva temple in this town is called as Vaikathappan. The Vaikathappan temple aka Vaikom Mahadeva temple is believed to be there since 'Treta yuga', and hence it is considered as one of the oldest temples of Kerala. The temple along with Ettumanoor Siva Temple and Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple is considered as part of three prominent temples of the region.

Temple Legend:

An Asura named Kharasura did penance for the attainment of Moksha. Lord Shiva pleased with his penance, granted all the boons that he asked and also presented him with three Lingas drawn out of his holy body. He ordered the Asura to worship the Lingas to attain moksha. While returning from the Himalayas, the Asura who was carrying these three Lingas, felt tired. He placed the Lingas in three places and thereafter he couldn't lift them back. The Linga that Khara placed with his right arm is at Vaikom, the one placed with his left arm is at Ettumannoor and the last one placed with his neck is at Kaduthuruthy.

Temple Layout:

The Vaikathappan temple of Voikom is one of the biggest temples of Kerala which is spread over 8 acres of land. The east facing temple has four towers on four sides. The place where it is believed that Shiva and Parvati gave darshan to Vyagrapatha Maharishi is called as Vyagrapatha Sthanam. A big Nandi idol is located near the golden flag staff. The presiding deity Vaikathappan is in the form of Shiv Linga. The idol is too high (around six feet) and made up of black stone. The gigantic image of Linga is adorned with Chandrakala (crescent), three eyes, nose and four hands with Saiva abharanams(ornaments) in pure gold.

The temple also houses other shrines such as Panachikkal Bhagavati, Sthambha Vinayaka and Sarpa (snake god).

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Fast Facts

Site Name: Vaikathappan Temple
Site Type: Temple
City Name: Vaikom
Location: 33 kms from Ernakulam, Kerala state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam
Nearest Airport: Cochin
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Ernakulam/Cochin or from Kottayam
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Cochin/Ernakulam as well as in Kottayam
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Cochin/Ernakulam and Kottayam

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1 comment:

  1. Yes! you are right...same with Pune city..in Pune there is lord Ganesh's important.