Mahadeva Temple, Tiruvanjikulam, Trissur

Sri Mahadeva temple is located in Tiruvanjikulam village, in the district of Trissur, in the state of Kerala in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Mahadevar, Anjaikala Easwarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Umadevi.

The holy tree of this temple is Sarakondrai. The holy water of this temple is Krupa Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Sivagangai. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiru Anjaikalam.

According to the pundits and scholars, it is also noteworthy that the story of Epic Peria Puranam by inspired poet Sekkizhar begins at Kailash and ends at Kailash with Sundarar as the main character of the epic. The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Sundarar. It is noteworthy that Tiruvanjaikalam in Kerala was the last spot from where Sundarar left the world for Kailash on the white elephant as graced by Lord Shiva. The epic is a poetic biography of Saivite Saints who lived in Tamilnadu spreading Shiva philosophy at a time when Saivism faced the onslaught of other religions.

Reaching Tiru Anjaikalam, his last day on Earth and readying to reach Lord Shiva, Sundarar’s excitement was high. In his last song, he recalls the handsome appearance of Lord Shiva wearing garlands, the Ganga on His head, the tiger skin dress, serpents on His shoulders as ornaments and the scenic beauty of Tiru Anjaikalam where Lord Graces in the name of Mahadeva.

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