Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple
Lord Shiva & Lord Hanuman
Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is one of the most ancient Mahadeva temples in Kerala. Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is located at the village of Kaviyoor(one of the ancient 64 Brahmin settlements of Kerala) at a distance of 6kms from Thiruvalla town in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. As River Manimala flows by the temple, the environment is both serene and spiritual. Due to its immense historical value, the temple is a heritage monument.
The main deity of this temple is Lord Mahadeva(Lord Shiva with Goddess Shakti)and Lord Hanuman. Lord Vishnu is also worshiped here. It is one of the popular temples, under Thiruvalla Group of Temples. The temple is commonly known as Thrikkaviyoor Mahadeva Temple. The shrine is also known as Hanuman Temple and Sriparvati Temple.
This temple is one of the oldest temples of Kerala which is said to be built in the early 10th century. The Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is located on a hillock, and one of the structural temples of Kerala built in a gable-shaped structure. The Kaviyoor Sasanaas refer to the temple. This Sasanaas is oldest among the sasanaas. There are two inscriptions at the basement which state that the temple was built in the 950 and 951 AD. According to the main legend, this temple belongs to (Threthayuga). But the actual time of construction is not known. As per legends the main Idol was installed by Lord Sri Rama in the presence of Sita, Hanuman, sugreeva and vibheeshana in threthayuga on his return to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.
As per myth, the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple dates back to the Mahabharata times. When Mother Kunti along with her sons, the Pandava brothers was looking for a shelter during their exile, they built a rock shelter. They also built a Lord Shiva temple and this temple is the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.
The main offerings for Lord Hanuman in Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is Vadamala and Aval Neivedyam. The temple also conducts Hanuman Jayanti, which is a ceremonious occasion celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Lord Hanuman. Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is famous for Mangalya pooja.
Thiruvutsavam (December or January) and Mahashivaratri are the main festivals celebrated at this temple which are participated by large number of devotees every year.
Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple has a huge collection of priceless ornaments bestowing creative fineness of the artists of Kaviyoor.This includes Swarna prabhamandalam, Golden Nettippattams and ezhunnallippu chatams, Golden pots, Golden Reliefs of Deities, Golden Umbrellas, Golden Chains and Several materials with precious gems. The main Sreekovil is covered with 44 rafter shoes.
Best hotels and lodges are available in Pathanamthitta for the accommodation.
Other major temples located in the vicinity of the temple are Bhagavathy Temple, Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple, Kadamanitta Devi Temple, Valiyakoikal Temple, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple and Sree Vallabha Temple.
Pathanamthitta is located strategically near two highways and for this reason, road travel is very easy. Frequent buses are available from Pathanamthitta to all places including Chennai, Coimbatore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and other nearby areas.
Thiruvalla KSRTC Bus hub is 5.4 km from the temple. Thiruvalla Railway Station is just 5.5 km which is connected to the major cities of Kerala.
Buses and private transport is available to reach Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple from the bus stop and the railway stations. One can board private and KSRTC buses to the nearby towns that include Thiruvalla, Kozhencherry, Changanacherry, and Mallappally.
Two International airports are available to reach this temple. One is Trivandrum International Airport (125 km) and the other is Cochin International Airport(113 km).
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