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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva TemplesThiruvanathapuram

Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva TemplesThiruvanathapuram
There are two Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva Temples and are situated at Vanchiyoor in Thiruvanathapuram city. One is called the Pazhaya(old) Sreekanteswaram Temple and the other is called Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva Temple. . The deity of these two temples is dearly called as Sreekanteswaran. The Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram temple is located near to Thampanoor over bridge and S.M.V school on M.G road. We can see the Shiva Lingam worshipped by Lord Parasurama in Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple. There are two seperate Sreekovils for Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is also enshrined here along with Lord Shiva on his right side. It was done purposefully to reduce the interminable power of Shiva who dwells here in his fiercest form(Ugra Bhava). Ganapathy, Subrahmanya, Ayyappa, Nagaraja, Hanuman, Nandi, Garuda and Devi are the sub deities. Sreekovil of Vishnu is covered with copper plates. Shivarathry is the main festival in this temple

The new Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva Temple is located to the southwest of the Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram temple. This is a Maha Kshetram with with golden flag staff. The idol here is swayambhoo(surfaced by its own) and was first seen by a woman. The 10 day long annual festival in new Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva Temple begins with a special offering called Panthirunazhi Pooja at Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple. This festival is in the month of Dhanu(December-January) and Arattu is on Thiruvathira day. Ayyappa, Ganapathy, Krishna and Nagaraja are the sub deities. There is an ancient Durga temple in the southern side of Sreekanteswaram temple. The temple pond is infront of the temple and is also called Jathakunda Theertham

Daily poojas begins at 3.30 am. Nirmalya Darsanam in this temple is very famous and it is belived that those who attends the Nirmalya Darsanam for 41 days continuously, will accomplish their wishes with the blessings of Lord Sreekanteswara. 4 poojas are conducted daily. Palabhishekam(pouring of milk) is the main offering. On Sivarathri day 24 hrs Palabhishekom is conducted. Other offerings of the temple are Annadanam(giving free food), Pushpabhishekam, Natesa alankaram(decorating lord Natesa), 108 Kalasam, Mrutyunjaya Homam etc. Ucha Pooja nivedyam is a feast with eight items. This temple is managed by Travancore Devaswom Board.

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