Manikandeswaram Uma Maheswara temple
Manikandeswaram Uma Maheswara temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati, in Vadakkekkad, Thrissur district, Kerala, India. Believed to be more than two thousand years old, this is one of the oldest temples in India. It is also one of the rare temples where Shiva and Parvati reside in the same sanctum sanctorum (sreekovil) with Ganapati right outside. The concept is that of Shiva holding Parvati with his left palm while Ganapati is sitting on Parvati s lap.Vadakkekkad, where the temple is located, was supposed to be a thickly forested area with a river flowing to the east. The flora and fauna has disappeared since but there exists a canal which flows to the east. It came under the kingdom of Malabar.Manikandeswaram temple was attacked by Tipu Sultan in 1790. He destroyed the Ana mathil ( heavily built wall modeled on an elephant) and ransacked the temple . All the money and valuables kept in the temple were taken away. He also cut off the face of Nandi and Dwarakapalakan statues in the temple. These statues are still kept in the temple in a damaged state.
Location : Vadakkekkad, Thrissur District Kerala, India.
Gods : Lord shiva,Parvathi
Landmark : Manikandeswaram Uma Maheswara temple is a Hindu temple situated in Vadakkekkad, in Thrissur District in Kerala, India.