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Trikkur Mahadeva Temple is a rock-cut cave temple in Trikkur village  believed to have been built in the seventh or eighth century. Being a cave temple, Buddhist and Jain monks used the site to meditate alongside the Hindu monks. It is a protected monument under the Department of Archaeology, Govt of Kerala.  The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva and it is believed that the huge Shivalinga here was consecrated by Lord Agni. Thus, it is believed that Lord Agni always worships Lord Shiva, and he accompanies him. The temple is located on the top of the hillock inside thirty feet long and twelve feet broad natural cave. The huge a six feet tall Shiva Linga is at the southern end of the cave facing east and just above this there is an evergreen waterhole (small pond) that never dries even in the hottest days during summers as well as a foot mark structure on the rock which is believed as Lord's feet. The door of the Garbhagriha faces north and the linga in Rowdrabhava is in the center, fixed on to a rectangular pedestal. Goddess Parvathi is Vidyaswaroopini The temple has granite floors and Namaskaramadapa with sixteen granite pillars. The Sreekovil, which is twenty four feet long and eighteen feet tall, has Dwarapalakas, Vaishnava Salagrama and Lord Ganapathi on the Eastern wall which is not visible from outside. There are also another set of crude steps leading to other shrines on top of the hillock. The sacrificial stones (balikallu) and the flag pole (Kodimaram) are situated to the right of the temple. Ganapathi, Sastha, Antimahakalan , Kaali, Bhagavathi and Chaamundi are all found at different spots on the hillock.  The Saptamatrikas are housed in what is called a Matrusaala and in the south west corner; the Naga deities are also housed. There are other shrines around the circumambulatory path and below the main temple complex. The uniqueness about the temple is that it gives relief to those who are suffering from breathing difficulties like Asthma, and breathlessness. The method of worship used to be rid of these ailments is also unique through offering ‘kayar vazhipadu’ (rope vazhipadu). During the monsoon month, Lord is not taken outside considering the possibility of rains. It is said the custom of blowing the conch in the early morning should be on time. Unlike in other temples, the evening deeparadhana is done with open door. The Panchagavya Abhisekham performed for 12 days every year in the month of Tulam (Utradam to Makayeeram) is considered auspicious. Yet another unique custom here is Pothottam (running the buffalo) which is on the first day of Tulam month. The yearly festival is of eight days and falls in the month of Makaram (January - February).

 

Location:

  • 10 km from Thrissur