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Thiruvanchikulam Temple



Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple is one of the oldest Siva temples in south India where Lord Siva is said to live along with his whole family.

Thiruvanchikulam Temple is one among the four Tali temples of Kodungallur.

Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple has got a healthy relation with south India's famous Chidambaram temple.

Lord Shiva of the Thiruvanchikulam Temple is the family god of Cochin Royal Family (Perumpadapu Swaroopam). Thiruvanchikulam Temple has the oldest reference in history. The reference is present in old Tamil Sangam literature, well before Malayalam was formed.

It is believed that Sundaramurthy Nayanar, a saint & poet during the Cheraman perusal's rule, sang at this temple and the sound of Nataraja's dance was heard from the Srikovil.

Dampathi pooja (pooja for divine couple) and Pallikuruppu (divine slumber) are the main offerings in this temple.



Thiruvanchikkulam Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Kodungallur in Thrissur district of Kerala in India. This Temple is famously known as "Mahadev Temple". The primary deity of this temple is Lord shiva.This is the only one Shaivite Thiruppathies in Kerala out of 274 in India.

Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple is said to be more than 2,000 years old and is remarkable for its number of representations of Shiva. The temple has very good mural paintings and is a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in South India where Lord Shiva is said to live along with his whole family.

Lord Shiva of the Mahadeva temple. This is the 266th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva sthalam in Malai nadu. This temple is said to be more than 2,000 years old and is remarkable for its number of representations of Shiva. There is a Namaskara Mandapam, with 16 pillars,which is in front of the Shrikovil.

  Aanayottam is conducted as part of the festival. Devotees attend the Palli-yara pujas, held just before the temple closes in the evening, on full moon nights, to pray for a happy married life and to be blessed with children. In keeping with the Keralite architectural style, this temple has a conical copper plated Vimanam. This temple has a namaskara mandapam, and gopura dwarams on the east and the west

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite Om Namahsivaya or your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.


  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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