Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple or famously known as Thiruvanchikkulam Temple is a Hindu temple situated in near Kodungallur in Thrissur district of Kerala in India. This is the only one Shaivite Thiruppathies in Kerala out of 274 in India. Lord Shiva of the Mahadeva temple is the family god of Cochin Royal Family (Perumpadapu Swaroopam). The temple has very good mural paintings and is a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple has the oldest reference in history in old Tamil Sangam literature. The temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in South India where Lord Shiva is said to live along with his whole family. This temple has got a healthy relation with Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu.
Capital city of Kulasekharas, Mahodayapuram was built around the temple and was protected by high fortress on all sides and had extensive pathways and palaces.
Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple, an ancient temple dating back to 2000 years, is a renowned temple in Kodungallur. The temple is known for its various representations of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Sundaramurthy Nayanar, a saint & poet during the Cheraman perusal’s rule, sang at this temple and the sound of Nataraja's dance was heard from the Srikovil.
Location : Thiruvanchikkulam Mahadeva Temple, Methala, Kodungallur, Thrissur, Kerala, India.
Gods : Lord Shiva
Landmark : Kodungallur is well connected by KSRTC buses and private transport buses. The city is connected to Kochi (35 km), Thrissur (38 km) and Guruvayur (45 km). Tourist deluxe luxury buses are available from many cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum and Kozhikode to Kodungallur. Nearest Airport : The nearest airport to Kodungallur is at Nedumbassery International Airport at Kochi, at a distance 35 km away. Nearest Railway Station : The nearest railhead to Kodungallur is located at Iringalakuda, at a distance of 16 km away. Iringalakuda is well connected with other major railway stations. It is in the main route connecting Kochi and Palaghat.
The annual festival is celebrated for 8 days in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February–March), which ends with the Arattu in the sea on the new moon day. Aanayottam is also conducted as part of the festival. Shivratri is celebrated in a grand manner.
Maha Shivaratri is the most famous festival celebrated here that attracts a huge number of devotees. The temple houses images of other gods and goddesses in small shrines in the temple premises.
Dampathi pooja (pooja for divine couple) and Pallikuruppu (divine slumber) are the main offerings in this temple. The shrikovil walls bear murals portraying Lord Ram and other mythological characters in five panels. The exterior of Palliyara walls also have mural paintings. Out of 274 Shaivite Thiruppathies in India, this is the only one in Kerala.