Lord Shiva

Temple History

This is the first Shiva temple created by Lord Parasurama. Shiva here is more popularly known as Vadakkunnathan. Vadakkunnatha Temple is situated at the heart of Thrissur city. The name Thrissur is derived from 'Thiru-Shiva-Peroor', which literally translates to "The city of the sacred Shiva". Thrissur was also known as Vrishabhadripuram, Vrishachala and Thenkailasam or Dakshina Kailasam(Kailasa of the south) in ancient days.

Vadakkumnathan Temple history dates back to over 1,000 years. The history of the temple is connected with the birth of the great Kerala scholar, Guru Adi Shankaracharya. Shankara was born to the Shivaguru - Aryamba couple of Kalady, in answer to their prayers to God Vadakkunnathan. According to legends, Lord Shiva appeared to both husband and wife in their dream. He offered them a choice that they could have either an ordinary son who would live a long life or an extraordinary son who would die early. The couple chose the second option. They named the son Adi Shankara, in honour of Shiva. It is said that Adi Shankara attained Videha Mukti (Freedom from embodiment) in Vadakkunnathan temple.


Additional Information

Best hotels and lodges are available in Thrissur city. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram Festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a spectacular sight.

Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple is another famous temple near this temple which is just 27.3 km from here.

Thrissur Central Bus Station is operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Thrissur city is well connected with all the major cities of Kerala and buses ply from all the major cities. Thrissur KSRTC Stand is just 800 mtrs from the temple.

Thrissur Railway Station is the nearest railway station (1.5 km) to reach this temple.

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport(53.1 km).
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  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: 0487 242 6040