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- – Cochin-Thrissur- Kottayam-Pathanamthitta –Kovalam- Trivandrum
- Kerala Packages
Shiva is a Hindu deity. "The Destroyer" or "The Transformer among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity.Shiva is usually worshipped in the aniconic form of lingam. He is described as an omniscient yogi, who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a householder with a wife Parvati and two sons, Ganesha andKartikeya. “Siva Thandava”, a dance form depictive of Shiva.....He is commonly connected to the practice of Yoga.
Day 1 Pick from Cochin airport /Railway station
On arrival Check into the hotel, Later visit
Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Is also known as Ernakulathappan Temple is one of the major temples of Kearala, The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered as the city temple, with the presiding deity as the protector of the city, as per local Hindu faiths and traditions. As per the common practice in Kerala, the deity is reverently called Eranakulathappan, which means Lord of Eranakulam. The temple history itself has deep association with history of the city and was one of the 7 royal temples of Kochi Maharajas
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in Gourisankara form, located in main sanctum sanctorum, facing west towards the Arabian sea. The Lingam in the main sanctum sanctorum is considered to be Swayambhoo (Divinely derived). On the northern side of the main sanctum sanctorum, one can see the small shrine of Kirthamoorthy where the original Lingam worshipped by Arjuna is still worshiped.
Morning – 4am to 9 am
Evening – 5 pm to 8pm
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Cochin- Thrissur(50km/1hr)
After breakfast drive to Thrissur to visit Vadakumnathan temple
Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva . This temple is a classic example of the architectural style of Kerala and has monumental towers on all four sides and also a koothambalam. Mural paintings depicting various episodes from Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple The shrines and the koothambalam display vignettes carved in wood. According to popular local lore, this is the first temple built by Parasurama.
The peculiarity of these temples is that, the statue of Shiva is in the form of a huge lingam and is not visible. It is covered under a mound of ghee, formed by the daily abhishekam (ablution) with gheeover the years. A devotee looking into the sanctum can now see only a 16-foot-high (4.9 m) mound of ghee embellished with thirteen cascading crescents of gold and three serpent hoods at top. According to traditional belief, this represents the snow-clad Mount Kailash, the abode of Parvathy and Shiva. This is the only temple where Lingam is not visible. It is said that the ghee offered here for centuries does not have any foul odor and it does not melt even during summer. The festival of Trissur Pooram, is connected to this temple and the procession of dozens of elephants
Morning darshan from 3.00 AM to 10:30 AM.
Later visit the Elephant sanctuary, after lunch proceed to visit;
Mammiyurtemple : The main deity is Lord Shiva in the form of Uma Maheswara. Lord Vishnu is also given equal importance in a sanctum sanctorum near to that of Lord Shiva. This is the only Temple where Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped in equal status in poojas, rituals, thanthripooja, Rigveda dhara, murajapa, festival processions and in all respects. The upadevas are Sree Parvathy, Vigneswara, Subrahmanian, Ayyappa, Brahmmarakshassu, Bhagavathy, Naga and Rakshassu. This is a prominent Temple among the 108 Shivalayas consecrated and regulated by Lord Parasurama, the mythical founder of Kerala.
Evening – 5pm to 8pm
Overnight at the hotel at Thrissur.
Day 3 Thrissur – Kottayam( 135km/4hrs)
Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple - The temple of Ettumanoorappan has a special sanctity and glorious history of its own. Owing to the potency and all prevading power of the “Aghora Moorthy” the Temple stands first among the pIaces of worships and pilgrimage in South India.
Great Saint “Khara Prakasha” worshipped God ‘Paramasiva” to wash off his sins and prayed “Siva” to bless him so that he could install “Sivalinga’ for the betterment of humanity. Lord Siva appeared before him, blessed him and presented Lord’s own idoI. Saint Khara installed this Siva Linga facing West at Ettumanoor. This “Aghora Moorthy” is said to be grave in nature, Saint Khara left the place after he had installed the idol In the present position
Morning – 4am to 8 am
After lunch visit Vaikom Mahadeva Temple -The Vaikom Mahadevar temple is one of the most celebrated Shiva temples in South India and is one among the 108 Sivalayas created by Lord Parasurama... Legend has it that Khara (of the Khara Dhooshana demon duo) of Ramayana worshipped Shiva at Chidambaram and obtained from him three Shivalingams and journeyed holding one shivalingam on each hand and one in his mouth. He sojourned at Vaikom, and set the shivalingam on the ground and to his dismay realized that it had gotten rooted to the ground. Kharan therefore installed the other two shivalingams at Ettumanur and Kaduthuruthy. He entrusted the shivalingam at Vaikom to the care of Vyagrapadar. Vaikom therefore acquired the name Vyagrapuri which ultimately became Vaikom for short.
Evening – 5am to 8pm
Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple is one among the 108 Sivalayas created by Lord Parasurama. The sanctum-sanctorum is covered with pictures from the epics. Three festivals are celebrated here in Thulam (October-November) Mithunam (June-July) and Meenam (March-April) of which the last one is the most important. The Aaraattu, conducted on the last day of the festival, is the festival of Kottayam, irrespective of the caste and creeds. This Siva Temple built in the grand architectural style unique to Kerala,by the Maharajah of Tekkumkoor. The main offerings in this temple are 'Chathu-satha' and Dhara.
Evening – 5am to 8pm
Over night at the hotel in Kottayam.
Day 4 Kottayam – Pathanamthitta (60km/ 1hr)
Morning Drive to Pathanamthitta
Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple - commonly known as Thrikkaviyoor Mahadeva Temple.This temple is located in Kaviyoor of Pathanamthitta district. Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala which is more than 1000 years old and is believed to be constructed during 10th century. Its architectural beauty is outstanding and unique. Dhara, Muzhukkappu, Chatussatham are the main offerings to Lord Siva. Vatamala , Aval Nivedyam (Aval Panthirunaazhi), Vettila mala, Venna charthu are the main offerings for Lord Hanuman, which is also an important deity installed here.
Morning -3:30am to 11:30am
Chengannur Mahadevar Temple is one of the oldest and famous temple, It is a sprawling temple complex with a circular Sanctum. Lord Shiva and Parvathi Devi are the main investitures of this temple. Differing from other temples, there are two main Shrines in this temple. Lord Shiva facing East and Devi facing West. The main shrine is a conical copper plated one. Devi’s main Idol is made with an alloy of five metals (PANCHALOHAM). The Shivalingam, is covered with a gold plate bearing an image of Ardhanareeswara - or the Shiva-Shakti manifestation of Shiva. The temple was constructed centuries back in accordance with an architectural design evolved by the famous “Perunthachan”. In the 18th Century the temple complex was damaged by fire and renovated later by Vanghipuzha Thampuran. However the KOOTHAMBALAM (Performance Hall) could not be restored to its original position as it had been designed and constructed by Perunthachan. In such an invisible desighn that the shadow of the performer would not fall on the stage if all the lamps were lit on each of the post of the Koothambalam. The mukhamandapam in front of the temple and other mandapams in this temple are full of exquisite woodwork.
Evening – 5am to 8pm
Overnight at Pathanamthitta
Day 5 Pathanamithitta- Kovalam ( 150km/ 4hrs)
After breakfast transfer to Kovalam, on arrival check-in to the hotel,day at leisure,overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 Kovalam
Day at leisure & over night at the hotel.
Day 7 Kovalam –Trivandrum departure
After breakfast transfer to the Trivandrum airport for the return journey.