An ancient centre of Lord Shiva worship in Kerala. The only temple in Kerala, which was praised by the Saivinte Nayanmars of Tamil Nadu.
Tiruvanchikulam was the Capital of Cheraman rulers of Kerala. So they have constructed a majestic temple to worship their favorite deity-Lord Shiva. The sprawling temple dates back to the Sangam period of Tamil History.
The temple’s connection with Tamil Nadu is evident in many ways. The Thillai Sabhapati shrine on the Northern side of the Sanctum Sanctorum highlights its connection with Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu. The idols of Saivite Nayanmars in the temple also link it to Saivaite tradition of Tamil Nadu.
The temple has many forms of Lord Shiva enshrined in it. It has about 18 shrines, where Lord Shiva is worshipped in many of his attributes.
A must visit to all temple lovers; its architectural marvel is a worth to visit indeed!!
The temple is about ten kilometers from Kodungalloor.