Also known as “Thiruvanjaikalam” is a Hindu shrine located in Kerala known as Thiruvanchikulam Temple. This “Lord Shiva” dedicated temple is situated in a town called Kodungallur in the Thrissur district. It is also renowned for using typical “Kerala architecture” and is supposed to have been constructed in the 8th century during the “Chera Dynasty”. Furthermore, the deity worshipped at this temple Mahadeva (Shiva) and Umadevi (Parvathi) is said to have been mentioned in a twelve volume collection of Tamil (Saiva) devotional poetry known as “Tevaram”. In addition, this temple is known for a ten day festival known as “Vaikasipournami Brahmotsavam” usually celebrated in between May and June.
a. Best time to visit Thiruvanchikulam Temple
The best time to visit this temple is during the winter season which begins in December and ends in February when the climate is “mild and pleasant” with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius and a minimum of 22 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Thiruvanchikulam Temple
Thiruvanchikulam Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station is located in Thrissur. The Thrissur Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Guruvayur, Thrissur, Ernakulum, and Kochi.
- Via Guruvayur:
There are three routes from Guruvayur to this temple, and they are via NH66, via Chavakkad Kanjany Peringottukara Road and NH66, via Chavakkad Kanjany Perigottukkara Road and NH66, and via Thrissur Kuttipuram Road and Kodungallur Shornur Road.
- Via Thrissur:
There are three routes from Thrissur to this temple, and they are via Kodungallur-Shornur Road, via NH544 and SH51, and via Kodungallur-Shornur Road and NH66.
- Via Ernakulum:
There are two routes from Ernakulam to this temple, and they are via NH66 and via NH544 and Aluva-Paravoor Road.
- Via Kochi:
They are two routes from Kochi to this temple, and they are via NH66 and via NH544 and NH66.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Cochin. The Cochin Airport is well connected to cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Calicut, Goa, Mangalore etc.
c. Religious significance of the Thiruanchikulam Temple
According to a myth a woman belonging to lower caste called Pulaya once travelled into a forest so as to collect wood. In order to cut the wood with precision this woman began sharpening her knife on a granite stone. It was while sharpening that she apparently saw blood oozing from it. In panic she then ran away from this forest and went to her village and informed the villagers about what she had just seen. It was then at the spot at which this woman saw blood flow out that a temple devoted to Lord Shiva was constructed.
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