Taliparamba Sree Rajarajeswara – Falling at the feet of Lord of Lords


Rajarajeswara(Lord of Lords) Temple is situated at Taliparamba town, 25 km away from Kannur city, is considered as the most celebrated place of Shiva worship in the erstwhile Malabar. Taliparamba aka Perinchalloor was one among the 64 brahminical settlements of Kerala. Hence Rajarajeswara is dearly called as Chelloornathan or Perinchelloorappan. The old name of Taliparamba was Lakshmipuram(Place where Goddess Lakshmi lives). All the fame and prosperity of Perinchelloor Gramam(village) is owing to the presence of Sree Raja Rajeswara temple and the blessings of Perum Thrikkovilappan(since the temple is also called as Perumthrikkovil).


The temple is situated about 1 Km north of Taliparamba town. As the proverb “all is big in Taliparamba”, the temple, boundary wall of the temple, entrance etc. are magnificient. No devotee will be noticed by Perum Thrikkovilappan unless prostrated in front of him before entering. The temple is regarded as one of the 108 ancient Shiva temples of Kerala. Taliparamba is also regarded as one of the ancient Shakti Peethams. Legend has it that the head of Sati devi fell here after it was slayed by Lord Vishnu with his chakra during Shiva’s tandava with the corpus following Sati’s self-immolation. The Shiva linga here is believed to be thousands of years old.
The most distinguished of the royal poets of the Zamorin of Calicut, Uddanda Sastri(who was later defeated by Kakkasseri Bhattathiri), being a Nirgunopasaka, was never given to worshipping of deities. Whenever he visited a temple he simply stood before the deity without folding his hands. But when he stood before Rajarajeswara, the King of Kings at Taliparamba, he was so overwhelmed by the magnificence of the moon embellished atop Shiva Linga that he unconsciously uttered the words, ‘Hara Hara Mahadeva’ and prostrated himself before the Lord. Then and there he composed a verse to the effect that when he saw the splender of the crescent adorning the idol, his hands automatically joined together in prayer – “Moon on your head is like an actual moon which makes the devotees fold their hands as if a water-lilly does in the moonlight”.
According to the myths, Shiva gave a Linga to his ardent devotee, Sage Mandhatha, for worship and told him to consecrate it in a place, faraway from a cremation ground. Mandhata found Taliparamba as the suitable place and did as Shiva ordered but after the period of Mandhata, Linga went beneath the ground. Later on Muchukunda, son of Mandhata, also prayed Lord Shiva for a Shivalinga. Shiva gave him another Linga which also was installed at the previous place in Taliparamba. This Shiva Linga also got disappeared under the soil. Then after a period of time, on the advice of Sage Agasthya, King Sathasoma made a penance and Shiva blessed him too with a Shiva Linga. Shiva told him that it won’t get vanished. The deifying was done by Parasurama and he also built a temple in that holy spot upon Sathasoma’s request.
Sree Rama, on his victorious return to Ayodhya from Lanka, after defeating Ravana, prostrated before Raja Rajeswara. He offered prayers to Shiva from the Mughamandapa in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum. In respect to Sree Rama, nobody is allowed to enter into this Namaskara mandapa and offer prayers, which is permitted in other temples to Brahmins.
Ghee(Neyyamrithu) in small pots are offered before Perinchalloorappan by devotees and are placed on sopanam(steps leading to the sanctum) with utmost devotion. The custom is that, as Kings and Emperors are to be seen only after offering some gifts(Thirumulkazhcha), the Lord of Taliparamba, who is the King of Kings, can be seen only after placing ghee on the sopanam. The ghee offered is used for abhisheka and for lighting the lamps in the primary shrine. On auspicious days(like Monday and pradosham), hundreds of such small ghee pots can be seen placed before the deity. Mahashivratri and Vishu are the two main annual festivals celebrated in this temple.SivaMain
Like that of Sabarimala, here also there are some restrictions for women to worship at Raja Rajeswara Temple. While men are allowed to enter the Nalambalam always, woman are allowed only after the Athazha pooja in the night. At this time the Lord is supposed to be at Cherukunnu to see Annapoorna devi(Mythically, Raja Rajeswaran is Viswanathan of Varanasi and Cherukunnu devi is Annapoorna of Banares).
Though it is not practised as widely as it was in the earlier days, it is still a religious custom among many local hindu women to visit three prominent temples in Taliparamba when they are pregnant. Apart from Rajarajeshwara temple, the other two temples are Sri Krishna at Trichambaram and Vaidyanatha(Shiva) at Kanjirangad. It is believed that Shiva at Rajarajeshwara temple assures the child a high status, Sri Krishna of Trichambaram bestows it with good nature and mental qualities and the Shiva at Kanjirangad temple with long life.
One of the Zamorins was an ardent devotee of the Lord of Taliparamba. After years of intense worship he is said to have entered the sanctum sanctorum and merged with the God. Even today when the elder Zamorin dies the information should be passed over to the temple authorities and the Lord is supposed to observe mourning. Even the distant Travancore kings paid obeisance to the deity by offering an elephant whenever a ruler is crowned or visited the temple.
The Taliparamba temple also was subjected to attack by Tipu Sultan. One finds relics of the old gigantic gopuram at the entrance, which was demolished by Tipu’s army. The story goes that when the temple was under siege, the head priest get inside the sanctum sanctorum and prayed the Lord continously for days. A black snake bit the commander of the army and a hooded serpent appeared before every soldier thus immobilizing the army and saving the temple from total destruction.
Usually, vilwa leaves are not used here for worshipping Shiva, which is a rarity, as it is said that Shiva Linga also holds Vaishnava energy. Sub-deities of the temple are Ganapathy, Subrahmanya, Parvathi, Mahakalan, Yakshi, Vrikshabha, Aravathappan and Sri Krishnan.

The quadrangular sanctum has a two-tiered pyramidal roof. The temple faces east and the idol is having approximately three feet height. The temple has no flagstaff as opposed to other temples in Kerala. In front of the balikkal(a typical stone) is a small rectangular building with a pyramidal roof, which is not usually found anywhere else. An inscription on the structure of the temple tank (which is a little away from the temple on the north side) indicates that the temple andthe tank were renovated in 1524 A.D.

The place is considered as most sacred for performing Koodiyattam and Chakyar Koothu. Whenever a new Koodiyattam is being directed, first it is usually performed at this temple. However only the ‘Mani’ family of Chakyars solely posses the right of performing Koodiyattam here. Legendary Koodiyattam and Chakyar koothu maestro, Natyaachaarya Vidushakaratnam Padma Shri Mani Madhava Chakyaar had performed here for many decades. The title ‘Vidushakaratnam’ was awarded to him from this temple. One of the greatest appreciation or award that an artist/scholar can get, is the ‘Veerashringhala’- Golden Bracelet, from the temple, given by the unanimous approval of the committee of the temple. Guru Mani Madhava Chakyaar is the youngest and last person to get the Veerashringhala from here.

It was a custom practiced by the Travancore Emperors to offer an elephant to Perumthrikkovilappan before being enthroned.

Sri Kodungallur Bhagavathy


Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is located in Kodungallur town in Thrissur District. The temple is also known as Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple and it is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The idol of goddess is only one of its kinds and has eight hands with various attributes. The Goddess is popularly known as Kodungallooramma.

Kodungallur Bhagavathy was constructed to remember the martyrdom of Kannakis during the Sangam age. When the reign of Kulasekhara dynasty, Kodungallur was the headquarters of Kerala, and it was the most main part of territory. It is believed that Sage Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, constructed this temple intended for the welfare of devotees. In accordance with the old records, the Bhagavathi temple was constructed at the center of the city many years ago to serve a special purpose.

As per the Legend, when the Kerala was created by Sage Parasurama, he was disturbed by a evil spirit called Daruka. To slay this evil demon, Parasurama prayed to Lord Shiva and requested for his help. As recommended by Lord Shiva, Sage Parasurama built the Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple after that established the Goddess Shakti as Bhagavathi. The main deity of the temple is believed as Parashakthi. Based on myths, it had been Bhadrakali who killed the evil spirit Daruka.

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple:

The temple premises are spread over an area of 10 acres and the main temple is located in the center. The temple is surrounded by banyan and peepal trees. The sacred temple is facing towards North. The Saptamatrukas or seven mothers are seated in the western chamber and they are also facing north. You can also see the images of Lord Ganapathi and Lord Veerabhadra in the chamber and they are facing east and west respectively. The idol of main deity Goddess Bhagavathy is approximately six feet height and made of wood, carved from the jackfruit tree. The idol of the deity has eight hands that carry weapons as well as symbols.

Towards the left of the Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, there exists a sacred tank or Pushkarini where devotees take their bath before they enter the main shrine. It is believed that this sacred tank was created by the goddess by striking the ground with her sword. Devotees offer auspicious turmeric powder that provides credibility for the influence of the Goddess and also the legend.

The daily Poojas and rituals are performed under direct directions from Goddess Sri Bhagavathy. Five ‘Sri Chakras’ established by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya are assumed that they are the primary source of the powers to this deity. The priests of the temple are Namboodiris as well as Adikas (Madhu Brahmins) who own the rights to do ‘Pushpanjalis’ for the Goddess Bhagavathi.
Festivals at Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Bharani Festival

The Bharani festival celebrated at the temple is one of the grandest in Kerala. The festival usually celebrated between the months of March and April. It is a month of festivities from the Bharani asterism in the month of Aquarius to 7 days after the Bharani asterism in the month of Pisces. The Bharani festival usually starts with the ritual called ‘Kozhikkallu Moodal’ which has the sacrifice of cocks as well as shedding of their blood, which forms a main feature of Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple.

Kavu Theendal

Kavu Theendal is one more main event of the festival, directed by the King of Kodungallur where a group of Vellichapads (oracles) make a mad rush around the temple waving their sabres in the air while the members of their retinue throw objects (including cocks) over the inner quadrangle. The group makes a wild cry of abuse at the deity in rude words. They believe that their abuse is received by the goddess followed by the purification ritual on the next day. Chandanapoti Charthal is however one more event of smearing the image with sandal paste.

Thalappoli festival

The Thalappoli festival at Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Makaram (that is on January-February). The four day Thalappoli begins from the evening of Makara Sankranthi with holy rituals. Big procession headed by luxuriantly caparisoned elephants is taken out to the accompaniment of Pancha Vadyam, Paancari, Paandi, etc.


Sri Sarvamangala Sametha PalliKondeswarar Alayam, Surutapalli

~ Sayana Sivan ~

About the Temple

As you enter the temple through the entrance, you’ll find the temple of Valmikeshwara (Sage Valmiki) and Goddess Marahathambihai (Goddess Parvati), on the left side and the main temple on the right side of the entrance. It is said that one has to visit these two temples first before visiting the main temple.

The temple of Goddess Marahathambigai has to be visited first, even before the shrine of Valmikeshwara or the main temple. The garbha griha is guarded by Lord Kubera (God of wealth) with his consort Sanganidhi on left side and with his another consort Padumanidhi on the right side. The goddess inside is sitting with Kamadhenu on one side and Karapaha Viruksham on the other. There are some other images of Gods like Varasidhi Vinayaka (Lord Ganesha), Sri Venugopala Swami (Lord Krishna), Kasi Vishwanathan with Visalakshi and others present in the inner praharam (inner wall of the temple).

About the presiding deity

The presiding deity is Palli Kondeshwara (Lord Shiva) with His consort and many other Gods. The Lord is in reclining position (about 6 feet long) with his head on the lap of Goddess Parvathi who resides as Sarva Mangalaambihai. The uniqueness of the temple lies in Lord Shiva seen in the human form unlike His usual Linga form.  Surya and Chandra are present on the either side of Goddess Parvati. Many others including Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, Goddess Laxmi, Sage Maarkandeyar, Sage Agasthair, Valmiki, Indran, Sage Naradhar, Lord Subramaniya  with His consort and Lord Ganapati are also present in the temple.  It appears as if the whole Kailasham (Lord Shiva’s aboard) assembled here to know the well-being of Lord Shiva after He consumed poison to save the universe.

Stala Purana

According to Sthalapurana (history of the place), it is said that during the Ksheera Sagara Manthana Poison Halahala was the first to come, the Gods and demons then approached Lord Shiva to save them from the harm of poison. Lord Shiva transformed himself into Vishabhakarana Moorthy and consumed poison. The situation was such that if Lord Shiva did  swallow  the poison, the living creatures on the earth will die and if he does not, the Gods and Demons will be killed.  Hence Goddess Parvati held her hand against his neck and stopped the poison from going any further and the poison remained in His throat without affecting His body. Hence Lord Shiva got the name as ‘Neelakantha’ (‘Neela’- blue with poison and ‘Kantha’- throat) because of the accumulation of the poison in his throat and Goddess Parvati was called as ‘Amudhambigai’.

On their way to Kailasa, Lord Shiva due to the severity of the poison started feeling little giddy and rested on the lap of His wife for a while in the place where the village stands today. Hence the village got its name as Suruttapalli, Surutta meaning ‘Little dizzy’ and Palli meaning ‘Resting’

Worship Benefits:

Pradosha Pooja is said to have originated from this temple. Legends has it that, the Devas and Asuras resumed their effort to get the nectar from the ocean on Lord Shiva’s orders, and got it on Dhwadashi (12th moon day). In that happiness, they forgot to thank Lord Siva who consumed the poison for everyone’s well being. Realising their mistake, they started praying Him on Trayodasi (13th moon day) for which the Lord forgave them and in a happy mood, began His celestial dance (Shiva Tandavam) between the horns of Nandi (the mount of Lord Shiva) where all the Gods, Goddess and sages joined Him. This moment is celebrated as Pradosham every fortnight. It is believed that during Pradosha Punya Kalam, anyone who offers prayers will attain shanti (peace), sakala sowbhagyam, and will be not have any obstacles of life. Even Lava and Kusha, who unknowingly fought with their father Lord Rama, over Aswamedhayana horse, came to this temple along with Sage Valmiki, to worship Lord Siva and to get rid off their sin.

Getting there

Suruttapalli is about 75 kms from Tirupathi and 57kms from Chennai in the Thirupathy route via Uthukottai, a town on the border between Tamilnadu and Andhra. The temple is in Andhra state. You have to get into the Chennai – Kolkatta Grand North Trunk (GNT) Road first which can be reached either by Guindy-Koyampedu-Padi-Redihills route or Parry-Basinbridge-Perambur-Madavaram-Redhills route. At GNT Road you will come across the Karanodai bridge and immediately after, the Toll Plaza. The road to the left here goes to Periyapalayam, Uthukottai, Nagalapuram and Thirupathi. Take this road to Periyapalayam and at Periyapalayam take the left side road that goes through a bridge to Uthukottai. From Uthukottai, the temple is just 2kms away and is on the main road itself.

Quick Facts:

Travel base: Surutapalli, Chittoor
Main deity: Sri Palli Kondeshwara Swami (Lord Siva)
Goddess:  Goddess Marahathambigai or Sri Sarvamangala
Other Shrines:  Valmikeshwara , Goddess Marahathambihai,Lord Dakshinamoorthy (Lord Shiva)
Unique Feature: “Sayana Sivan” or Lord Siva is seen in human form resting His head on the lap of Goddess Parvath
Darshan Time: 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.  4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Postal Address is:
Sri Pallikondeswara Swamy Devastanam,
Surutapalli. Dasukuppam Post, Nagalapuram M.D.,
Chittoor (Dist), PIN-517 588 (A.P.)

Annual festival ‘Maasi Magam’, coinciding with the full moon

Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

amme narayana devi narayana !!

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is the most important Temple among the 393 shrines spread over 3 Districts of Kerala and coming under the administration of Cochin Devaswom Board. The Divine Mother known as Rajarajeswari (Adiparasakthi) is worshipped here in three forms Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. There is an Idol of Mahavishnu on the same pedestal and so the Deity is called Ammenarayana, Devinarayana, Lakshminarayana and Bhadrenarayana also. Along with Lakshmi & Narayana there are idols of Brahma, Siva, Ganapathi (Ganesh), Subramanya and Sastha on the same pedestal.

Apart from the main deity, the temple complex consists of Kizhukkavu Bhagavathy temple, temples for Sastha, Siva, Ganapathi, Nagas and other Upa-Devas. The pleasant atmosphere in the temple give mental peace and harmony to devotees.

“MAKOM Thozhal” (worship on the Makom day) is the most important festival of the temple which is celebrated in the month of Kumbham. (Feb / March) It is believed that Bhagavathy in her full attire gave darsan to Vilwamangalam Swamiyar on the Makom day and appears on the same day every year for giving darsan to the devotees in her special appearance. The Bhadrakaali at Kizhukkavu is believed to exorcise evil spirit from devotees, after conducting bhajanam.

Significance :
The Mental Illness of People are said to be cured by worshipping the god here

Festivals :
The annual festival here is renowned in the month of Kumbha (February – March). ‘Maasi Magam’, coinciding with the full moon, during this festival attracts vast crowds.

Attraction :
The image in the shrine is not fixed to the ground and is mounted on loose sand. Water offered during ablution ceremonies percolates underground..

The annual festival here is celebrated in the month of Kumbha (February – March). ‘Maasi Magam’, coinciding with the full moon, during this festival attracts vast crowds.  Timings The temple is kept open from 5:30 in the morning and stays so till 12:00 in the noon.The temple usually remains closed during the noon hours, and reopens in the evening at 4:00 p.m.  

Arulmigu Arthanareeswarar Temple


Hill Temple

Temple is on the hill which is red in color. One can take on 1206 steps to reach the top of the hill to worship the Lord Shiva-Ardhanareeswarar. Cars and taxis are available to reach the temple. The Rajagopuram is five tiered; 260’ in length and 160’ east-west breath. The period of the temple dates back to sangam period and renovated during the periods of cholas, pandyas and nayak kings. A British officer, Davis, repaired some parts of temple. We can see his image in Mukkoottu Vinayagar temple.Tirugnanasambandar wrote ‘Tiruneelakanta Pathigam’ and Arunagirinathar is believed to have written ‘Tiruppugalh’ in this temple.

Ghat road and steps

If we do not prefer to take up the motorway-road up to the top, we have another choice to walk up the distance. One cannot miss the long 60’ red colored snake carved along the steps. People worship Adi Seshan-the snake. The path has 11 mandapams-providing shelters to people going up the hill.

We come across Pasuvan Swami Mandapam on way to top. The people from villages offer milk, ghee or cheese to Pasuvan Swami so that their homes could become abundant with these produce.

Ardhanareeswarar Temple

One has to enter the temple from the main entrance-Rajagopuram-from the south; sanctum sanctorum faces west. In this temple Lord Shiva appears in man-woman combination in one idol; the right part of the idol is half of Parvathi Devi and the left half is Lord Shiva’s half. There is a saying that wife is the better half; True to the saying, here Lord Shiva has given his left part of body to goddess Parvathi, his wife . It means that there is no Shiva without the Sakthi; and no sakthi without Shiva. All men and women are equal. No man without woman; no woman without man. An undeniable law of nature! So the main deity is called Umai Oru Bagan, Ammaiappan, Mangaipangan and Madhorubagan.
There is a natural fountain in sanctum sanctorum.


This temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. It attracts more devotees. People name their babies after lord Murugan’s name- Sengottuvelan. A common name we can come across in and around Erode and Namakkal!

Rameswaram Sri Ramanatha Jyothirlingam

Sri Parvathavarthini sametha Sri Ramanathaswamy


  sutAmraparNIjalarAshiyoge nibadhya setuM vishikhairasa.nkhyaiH |
shrIrAmachandreNa samarpitaM taM rAmeshvarAkhyaM niyataM namAmi ||

Importance of Rameshwaram

Taking the Ganga water to Rameshwar, is considered as a very auspicious and pious thing to do after the pilgrimage of the four holy shrines. After taking a holy bath in Ganga water, the holy water is carried and offered to Lord shiva of Rameshwaram. After this a little sand from here is carried to Ganga and immersed there. Completing this ritual is believed to make one’s pilgrimage complete and successful.

On the southern seaside of India, Rameshwar sea shrine is located.

In classics like the Skandha Purana, Shivapurana etc., Rameshwar is shown as a very important place. The story of Rameshwara goes like this:

Puranam of Rameshwar Jyothirlingam

After Sita’s abduction, Ram wandered in the jungles looking for her. While doing so, he met Sugriva and made friends with him. Later with the help of special messenger Sri Hanuman, he found out where Sita was taken. Then Rama prepared an army to invade Ravana’s empire and reached the southern seashore. He did not have any means of crossing the sea. Lakshman and Sugriva saw Rama, who is a Shiva devotee in great anguish and could do nothing. But Ravana received some special boons from Lord Shiva. Rama was aware of this and therefore, his fears could not be set at rest. In the mean time, Rama was full thirsty. Just as he was about to drink water, he remembered that he was yet to perform Shiva pooja. He immediately made a Prathiv Linga and worshipped it with sixteen methods, i.e., Shodasopachar Vidhis.

Ramji prayed to Lord Shiva ardently and soulfully, and sang songs of Lord Shiva’s praise in a loud voice. He danced and made the sounds of “Aagad bam bam”. This pleased Lord Shiva immediately and instantly appeared before Rama and told him that could ask for any boons and that he would grant them. Ram showed a lot of care, affection and love to Lord Shiva and prayed and paid obeisance. Rama said “If You want to grant me my wishes, please stay on this earth for the sake of all make it holy” Shiva granted the same by saying “Evamastu” meaning “so be it”. He thus stayed there and came to be known as Rameshwara, in the form of a Shiva Linga and became popular.

With the blessings of Lord Shiva, Rama killed all the demons including Ravana and became victorious. Any one who takes a Darshan of the JyotirLinga at Rameshwar and sprinkles the holy water of Ganga, attains salvation, Kaivalya Moksha or Nirvana.


Specialities of Rameshwaram

The place where the JyotirLinga is located, a large and expansive temple has been built. It is famous in the world as a typical architectural example. In the Ramnad district of Tamilnadu, this temple is situated on a big island of sand. It is worth seeing and is a wonderful experience. The main entrance of the temple tower has many storeys and stands tall. Its structure carvings, statutes and the peaks make people dumb founded. The grandeur of the Lord is really felt here. The human weakness for being narrow-minded is automatically removed and they feel their horizons broadened.

On the tall stone pillars of temple, beautiful carvings can be seen. Elephants with their trunks raised are seen. The four sides of the temple are enclosed by strong stone walls. They are 650 ft. and 12ft. wide and tall respectively. This wonderful temple built on the sand island, is a work of great art and very impressive.

Near to a gold plated pillar, a river is carved on a monolithic stone of 13 feet high and a foot wide. This indeed is a typical example of beautiful sculpting.

Near the main temple of Rameshwar, there is a separate temple for Parvati known as Parvatavardhini temple. Besides this, there are temples of Santana Ganapati, Veerabhadra Hanuman, navagrahas, etc., At a distance of about nearly 2 kilometers from the main temple, there is Gandhamaadhan mountain. In spite of being a sandy area, it is very green with a variety of flora. This is the Nandanavan of Rameshwar.

This island shrine consists of 24 odd holy water sources like Rama teerth, Sita Kund, Jata Teerth, Lakshman Teerth, Kapi Teerthas, Brahmakund, Galawa teerth, Mangala teerth, Kodandaram teerth, Pandav teerth etc., The waters at all these places is sweet and has a taste of its own. Every teerth has a typical story attached to it. Devotees take Darshan and feel purged by doing so.

Everyday, right from 4am till 10pm devotees keep coming to the temple and prayers go on. After the Harati at night, the Lord is made to sleep in a Golden swing i.e., the Bhoga statutes of Shankara and Parvati put to bed.

During Mahashivaratri and on the 15th day in the month of Ashadha (Rainy season) a Badatra mela/fete takes place, with great festivity. Devotees flock here on these days and at all times right from Nepal and entire India. People in a variety of dresses, attired differently come here.

sambandhar, and appar have sung padhikam (1) on the Lord of Rameshwaram.

Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Ambal Brahmotsavam – 2012

7.30 A.M
7.30 P.M
04-03-2012 SUNDAY RATHAM
5 A.M TO 7 A.M

Arulmigu Arunachaleswara Swamy Lingodbhava Darsanam

Mahashivaratri, Arunachaleswarar Temple including its Shiva Sannidhi stayed open throughout the night. One of the pujas during the night kala, was that of the “
Lingodhava“. To find out more about the history of the dispute between Brahma and Vishnu and the relevance of the Lingodhava..

Lingodbhava-murthy: This image signifies the importance of Shiva, as has been described in the texts of the Linga Purana & the Shiva Purana (Puranas dedicated to the glory of Lord Shiva), in the form of a magnanimous Linga (phallus) of fire, with no beginning, middle or end, as the Supreme Self. According to Hindu mythology, Shiva once revealed his infinity to Brahma and Vishnu in the form of a pillar of fire that could not be scaled by either of them from one end to the other. As Lingodhbava-murthy, Shiva appears seated in the heart of a Linga, with four arms, while Brahma and Vishnu adore him from the two sides.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Thirukalyanam

Sri Bramarambika sametha Mallikarjuna Swamy

Thousands of devotees thronged Srisailam and other Saivite shrines in Kurnool district since morning as religious fervour marked the Mahasivaratri celebrations on Monday.

Though the crowd appears to have dwindled at Srisailam this year on account of drought and other factors, around two lakh devotees are expected to congregate during the main festival and over eight lakh during the nine-day period.

The Sivaratri rituals began around midnight on Monday with Mangalavadyam and other daily rituals at the temples of Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bramarambhika Devi. Darshan was allowed to public around 3 a.m. after Mahamangala Harati.

Main attractions

The main attraction of Sivaratri celebrations at Srisailam is Lingodbhava Maha Rudrabhishekam wherein 11 priests conduct rituals for three hours after 10 p.m. Parallel to it, Pagalankarana (tying of loin cloth) around the temple towers is performed. The family of Pridvi Venkateswarlu from Prakasam district donates the cloth every year. The Sivaratri celebrations conclude with Kalyanotsavam around midnight.