The district of Kollam and its head quarter region is blessed with many Lord Shiva temples that are the right place for the celebration of Shivarathri and other festivals and auspicious days related to this Lord. The shrines of this region are as follows.
In Chavara town there are many temples – Chovara Chitham pareswarapuram Mahadeva Temple, Thunuthara Siva temple, Kalangara Siva temple and Kaman Kulangara Mahadeva Temple at Sangaramangalam.
In and around the city of Kollam are located the Thrikkadavoor ((Thrukkadavoor) Mahadeva Temple, Karuthara Temple, Amruthakulam Siva Temple, Kalari Vathukkal Siva temple, Thrikkeyil Siva Temple, Anandavalleeshwaram Temple, Manalil Lord Siva Temple, Rameshwaram Temple, Ilayappan Kutti Temple, Vattamonkavu – Lord Shiva Temple, Sri Mamachan Temple, Kolleril Siva kshethram, Alummottil -Paattathil shiva skhetram,and Moothazhathu Shiva Parvathi Temple.
In the city there are special temples dedicated to deities known as Rameshwaram, Manaleeswaram and Chittadeeswaram who are a form of Lord Shiva. On the bank of Kallada river is located the Thiruvata shiva Temple. The other temples of this region are Kundara – Indiliyappan Temple, Kollam Pisharikavu – near Anakkulangara bus stop, Ashtamudy – Veerabhadhra Temple and Kolleril Siva Temple.
It is to be remembered that Sri Uma Maheswara Swami Temple is located on the main road from Chinnakada to Valiyakada in the Kollam city. Other temples of this region are Chakkuvally Parabrahmam Temple, Chathannoor – Bhootha nathan Temple, Cheriyazheekkal Sree Kasi Viswanatha Temple, Elur – Eravipuram Mahadeva Temple, Chegamanadu Shiva Temple, Chadayamangalam – Poredam Siva Temple and Ochira Parabrahma Temple.
Shiva Temples in the outskirts of Kollam
It is to be noted that there are many popular Shiva temple located in the outskirt of Kollam district in the state of Kerala. They are as follows; Rameswaram temple is located in the outskirt of Quilon town. This temple has the influence of Pandyan temple design and has several inscriptions in Tamil language dating from 12thcentury to 16th centuries. Parameshvarar parvati devi temple is located in Parampathukulangara.
In the town of Kottarakkara are located the Padinjattinkara Siva temple, it is one of the 108 Siva temples. In this shrine seeveli daily eight days festival and five poojas are performed daily. It is owned by Kottarakkara Royal family.
Manikanteswaram is situated in the heart of Kottarakkara. Sri Mahadeva temple is located at Kadaikkal on the Kottarakkara – Kilimanoor route. During the Malayalam month of Kumbham, Ten days festival is celebrated with an arrattu which falls on a Thiruvathira star day.
Sri Mahadeva temple is located at Maruthurkulangara. In this shrine, there are three poojas are conducted daily. It is situated at a distance of 2kms from Karunagapally High School junction. Vettikkavala Mahadeva is located at a distance of 7 kms from Kottarakkara via chengamanad. In the town of Karunagapally are located Padanayarkulangara Siva temple, Ramankulangara Siva temple and Thrippavumba mahadevan Temple, these shrines are located at a distance of 20 km from Kollam
At Kunnathoor is located Thalayinakkavu Shiva Parvathi Kshethram. It is situated in the Chavara- Sasthamcottah road and just one km southward from Karallimukku. There are bus facilities to this shrine from Kollam, Adoor, Karunagappally, Kayamkulam and Kottakkara K.S.R.T.C Bus Station. Other temples of this place are AvanIshwaram, Thamarakulam – Chittadeeswaram, Kamuganchery Mattath thiruvilangonappan Temple and Marayikkodu Sree Indilayappan (Siva) temple.