Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is one of the most ancient and popular Hindu temples located at the village of Kaviyoor at a distance of 6kms from Thiruvalla town in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.The temple work-ship the goddess of lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu is also dedicated to worship here. The temple is also known as the name of “;Thrikkaviyoor Mahadeva Temple”. It is one of the earliest structural temples of Kerala. The superior time to visit the temple is between the month of December-January. the Temple is also known as Hanuman temple.The temple was built over 100 years ago. Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is famous for Mangalya pooja. The temple is also administrated by the owned government of Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB).The temple itself is a beautiful specimen of Kerala style architecture.
Deity: Lord Mahadeva (shiv and Vishnu)
History of Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple
The temple is more than thousand years old. It is believed that the Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple was constructed in the early year of 10th century and the ‘Kaviyoor Shasanas’ of 950 AD has references to the gifts that were offered to this temple. but in reality actual time of construction of the temple is not found like any other oldest temple.There are two inscriptions on the basement of the main sanctum dated 950 & 951 AD.Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is also known as Hanuman Temple, and Sriparvati Temple. The similar construction of these temple is found in Tiruvairanikulam Sri Parvati temple near aluva.Similarity can be reviewed as both temple having Lord Siva pratishta and pratishta of Sri Parvati.Several historians like Stella Kramrich has given an opinion that this temple is one of the earliest structural temples of Kerala. It is believed that devotees who are visiting and pray in Mahadeva temple can get ideal fruit, without any delay. An Ideal Darshan time is on end of December.
Festival and Architecture
In every year the Temple festival is conducted in the month of December to January . During this time temple is decorated with lots of lights, flowers,candles and fair is held.Hanuman Jayanti festival is also celebrated in the temple.The birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman which is a ceremonious occasion celebrated with lots of love and happiness on this day.The main offering to Hanuman include Aval Nadyam and Vada Mala is given to this temple.Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple has a unique and oldest Kerala style of architecture It locate on a small hillock..The shape of the temple is a triangular form formed by the slanting of roof. Anyone can analysis that building of the temple is made by the extensive use of wood.The ancient carvings is done on the wall of the temple that belongs to 16th century gracing the wall. The marvellaous architectural of the temple fascinate and delight the viewer soul.one can watch epic scriptures of the Ramayana and Mahabharata in the temple ,belong to the early 17th century.Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple has a huge collection of priceless ornaments bestowing creative fineness of the artists of Kaviyoor.This includes Swarna prabhamandalam, Golden Nettippattams and ezhunnallippu chatams, Golden pots, Golden Reliefs of Deities, Golden Umbrellas, Golden Chains and Several materials with precious gems. All the 44 Rafter shoes of the main prakara is covered with beautifully crafted rafter shoes.The temple has copper covered roof, golden flag mast and the eighteen steps at the eastern entrance that prove , is one of the most beautiful temples in Kerala.
How to reach:
By Rail : The temple is located 5 km away from Thiruvala Railway station that connects it to important cities of Kerala.
By Road : From Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple bus stop, one can board private and KSRTC buses to the nearby towns that include Thiruvalla, Kozhencherry, Changanacherry, and Mallappally.