Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple Kottayam

Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple in Kottayam is an important Shiva temple situated in the heart of Kerala. This is one of the 108 revered Shivalayas in central Kerala. The primary deity worshipped here is Thirunakkara Thevar, a form of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the idol of Shiva here is installed by sage Parashurama himself. The sreekovil includes Shiva linga idol and an idol of Parvathi Devi made up of Panchaloha. This complex has a number of murals depicting the stories of Shiva and Dashavathara. A complete rotation of the temple is not allowed, because it is a Shiva shrine.



Significance of Thirunakkara Temple


Thirunakkara Shiva Temple is about 500 years old and was built by the Thekkumkoor Raja. The temple also preserves a number of unique sculptures and murals of various Hindu deities. An interesting fact about the temple is that Nandi who is the steed of Lord Shiva is given lot of importance here. This great temple is situated in the middle of the city in a huge open ground called Thirunakkara Maidanam. The temple also comprises shrines of Lord Subramania, Lord Ganesha, Pancha Loha idol of Goddess and Lord Ayyappa. The Koothambalam in the temple premises is used for cultural purposes. The important festivals celebrated here are Alpashi, Painguni and Aani in the Malayalam months of Thulam, Meenam and Mithunam respectively.

Address: Temple Rd, Thirunakara, Kottayam, Kerala 686001, India
Phone: +91 481 2583898

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