Kandiyoor Sree Mahadeva Temple, Mavelikara

Kandiyoor Sree Mahadeva Temple is an ancient Shiva temple situated in Kandiyoor near Mavelikara on the banks of Achankovil River. Kandiyoor was once the capital of the Odanadu kingdom. It is one among the 108 great Shiva temples of ancient Kerala consecrated by Lord Parashurama himself. The temple is west of Mavelikar town north of State Highway 6. It is spread across an area of.
There are many legends associated with the temple. One such legend concerning the origin of the temple is related to Rishi Mrikandu father of Rishi Markandeya. According to the legend Marikandu got an idol of Lord Shiva in Kirathamoorthy form while bathing in Ganga. He heard an oracle that the idol be place in a holy and befitting place. The Rishi searching for the apt location came to Kerala and ended up in the bank of Achankovil and established the temple in Kandiyoor. The name Kandiyoor is a corruption of Kandathil nalla uru(Best place seen).
According to another legend the temple is located at the site where Lord Shiva cut off Lord Brahma's head. The name Kandiyoor comes from name of Shiva Sri Kantan. It is believed that Lord Parasurama renovated the temple and gave tanthrik rights to Tharananallur family.
Kandiyoor and the temple has great significance in Kerals's history. The Kandiyoor temple is the earliest temple about which there is an epigraph about its origin in A.D 823 during the reign of Rajasekhara Varman. There was an era name 'Kandiyoorabdam' from the formation of the temple that was in widespread use until the introduction of Kollavarsham.
It is also believed that the temple was once Hinayana Buddhist temple and King of Mavelikara ordered the removal of Buddha and keep in its place Shivalinga. It is also believed that it is this unseated Buddha that was retrieved from the paddy fields nearby and placed near the Mavelikara temple recently.
The Kandiyoor inscription (K. E. 393) dated 1218 says that Kandiyoor temple was reconstructed by Rama Kotha Varma of Odanad and the Kalasam ceremony was attended by devadicci Unni wife of Ravi Kerala Varma King of Venad after deliberations between the three.
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  • Kandiyoor Mahadevar Temple is about one km west of Mavelikara town. the main deity is of lord shiva. the temple consists of around 12 sub shrines which is unusual even for any major Kerala temple. It ...  more »
  • An idyllic temple. Retaining all ancestral features. Very vast premises. Kids can play in the surroundings. Always an elephant will be there in the temple. Very old Siva temple well maintained by the ...  more »
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  • One of the oldest temple in Kerala. The main deity is Lord Shiva. The entire temple is surrounded by huge a wall, the cool atmosphere and the surrounding this temple offers you during early morning and evening is magnificent.
  • Wow! What a place. Totally at peace at the 2200 year old temple
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