Vaikom Temple

Vaikom Temple

A historically significant temple in Kerala, it was here that people of the so-called lower castes challenged Hindu orthodoxy that prevented them from entering temples, by entering the Vaikom temple to offer prayers, in 1928 after the intervention of Mahatma Gandhi. The Vaikom temple is a temple of Lord Shiva in Kerala in South India.

A historically significant temple in Kerala, it was here that people of the so-called lower castes challenged Hindu orthodoxy that prevented them from entering temples, by entering the Vaikom temple to offer prayers, in 1928 after the intervention of Mahatma Gandhi. The Vaikom temple is a temple of Lord Shiva in Kerala in South India. This temple is the most celebrated Shiva temples in the entire South India. The Vaikom temple is situated at 33 km distance from the south of Ernakulam and is at a distance of 40Km from the north of Kottayam by railroad between Ernakulam and Trivandrum.This temple is supposed to be one of the ancient temples and has seen ages.

The worship in this Vaikom temple is done by offering food. In the earlier ancient days, food in varieties used to be cooked and offered to all the devotees.The Vaikom Mahadever is also known as ‘Annadaana Prabhu’ mainly because lots and lots of food are cooked and served here. This deity Shiva presents himself in many forms such as here he is known as Vaikom Mahadevar, while in the Panthirathi pooja in the early mornings he is referred to as Dakshinamurthy. He is also worshipped during the Uchcha Pooja as Kiraata Murthy in noon and as Satchitananda in the evenings. All the ancient temples are based on legends and the legends are worth believing as seeing is believing and we get to see various things very true that the legend imparts.The legend of Vaikom temple says that during the period of Ramayana, Khara the demon worshipped Shiva and attained three Shivalingams. He had one on each hand and the third Shivalingam in his mouth

This temple has multitudes of visitors every year and they are highly impressed by these legends. Situated in a paradise like country amidst the beautiful natural surroundings and good climate, it invigorates its tourists to visit and revisit the holy sanctity of the Vaikom temple.

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