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This is a beautiful laterite temple in Kerala-Dravidian style surrounded by rich green paddy fields - and that was a unique feel for us. Legend says the area, Eeyaal, where the temple is located, was once a melting pot of Buddhist and Jain culture. According to folklore, Sage Parashurama has installed the idol. It is the part of the one hundred and eight Shiva temples of Kerala. The temple is an ASI protected site from 1982.  It is a circular Siva Temple with Krishnasila base in Dravida-Kerala style with conical roof covered with copper plates. The red laterite steps, with green shrubs and deep green water make the temple pond completely captivating. The narrow corridor takes us to the East entrance which is embellished with ancient motifs (Sala-Kooda), in laterite stone. The surrounding floor of inner-prakara is paved with granite stones. The mural paintings on the outer laterite wall of the garbhagriha are excellent specimens of the mural art of seventeenth to eighteenth centuries. There are murals of Sreerama Pattabhishekam, Nataraja Siva, Kirataarjuneeyam, Indra with thousand eyes, Narasimha, Markandeya Purana, Durga on the lion to say a few. The entrance to garba-griha has dwarapalakas and Nandi (Rishabha). The idol of Lord Siva in the sanctum is almost 6 feet tall and is facing East in Rowdra-Bhava, a form of Siva-Taandava after Sati parityagam. To balance the fierce power of the Lord, there is presence of Lord Vishnu as well in the temple. Inside the sanctum, behind the idol are three ancient auspicious stone lamps. Ganapathi and Bhagavathi are also consecrated in the inner prakara and the outer prakara of the temple has sub-shrines for Sastha, Narasimhamoorthy, Nagas, Bhadrakali and Vettakkorumakan. During 1940s, a fire destroyed the roof of the temple and the present copper-plating was done. The temple festival is in the Meena month (March – April).

Location:

  • Located at Chemmanthatta on the Akkikkavu – Kecheri Main Road
  • 20 km from Thrissur