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Anandavalleeshwaram Sri Mahadevar Temple

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Anandavalleeswaram Sri Mahadevar Temple
Anandavalleeshwaram Sri Mahadevar Temple West Tower.jpg
West Temple Tower
FestivalsMaha Shivaratri
LocationAnandavalleeshwaram, Kollam city
Geographic coordinates8°53′37″N 76°34′21″E / 8.893674°N 76.572499°E / 8.893674; 76.572499
TypeKerala Dravidian Style
Completed11th century

Anandavalleeswaram Sri Mahadevar Temple (Malayalam: ആനന്ദവല്ലീശ്വരം ശ്രീ മഹാദേവർ ക്ഷേത്രം) in Kollam city is one of the ancient Hindu temples in Kerala, India.[1] Lord Siva and Goddess Anandavally are the main deities of the temple. According to folklore, sage Parashurama has installed the idol of Lord Shiva. The temple is a part of the 108 famous Shiva temples in Kerala.[2][3] It is located at Anandavalleeswaram, a major neighborhood of Kollam city, that comes to the west side of Kollam Collectorate.


The main Sanctum Sanctorum of Anandavalleeswaram Sri Mahadevar temple is 1200 years old and it constructed in Teak wood. This is the only Hindu temple in India which has the deities of Sree Krishnan, Maha Vishnu, Bhoomi Devi and Lakshmi Devi consecrated as idols under a single structure (Sanctum sanctorum).[4] The temple is located in the city of Kollam.[5] It is believed that Kollam Anandavalleeswaram Temple is one of the 108 Shiva temples of Kerala and is installed by sage Parasurama dedicated to Lord Shiva.[6][7] It is one of the three Mahadeva temples of Kollam city is mentioned in 108 Shivalaya Sothram. The second temple in the 108 Shivalaya Sothram is Kollam Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple and the third temple is Thrikkadavoor Mahadeva Temple.[8]

Deities and Sub-deities

The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva is facing west in the main Sanctum Sanctorum and his consort Devi Parvathy is also in the same sanctum sanctorum (Sreekovil) is facing east. Lord Shiva of this temple is called as Ananda Swaroopan and Devi Parvathy is called as Swayamvara Parvathy (Anandavally). It believe that both the deities are said to be in a happy state and hence the temple name Anandavalleeswaram (Anandam in Malayalam means 'Joy'). Initially the temple had only Shiva as the deity and Devi Parvati was consecrated later in the form of Anandavally. Even though Devi Parvati's garbagriha is the immediate one to the entrance, one is supposed to enter the temple only through the door which lead to the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Shiva.

Sub Deities

Temple Nalambalm facing west
Temple Nalambalm facing west

Temple festival

Hoisted Flag on Golden Flag Mast in Annual Festival
Hoisted Flag on Golden Flag Mast in Annual Festival

The annual festival of Anandavalleeswaram Mahadevar Temple is celebrates for ten-days in the month of March–April (Malayalam month: Meenam). This ten days festival will begin with the traditional 'Thrikodiyettu'. There would be other rituals including Pallivetta ritual, Arattu, Aratu Ethirelpu, Ezhunallathu, Kazhcha Sribali, Kettukazhcha ritual and other cultural programmes comprising dance, dramas, music programmes and also pyrotechnic display as part of the annual festival.[9] Sivarathri festival is the other important one celebrated by the temple every year.[10] Thantric rites of the temple is belongs to Thazhamon Madom, Chengannoor.


Abhishekam, Ganapathy Homam, Mrithyunjaya Homam, Ashtotharchana, Muzhukappu, Pushpamjali and so on.


See also


Anandavalleeswaram temple is situated in the heart of Kollam (Quilon) Municipal Corporation; 2.5 km from Kollam Junction railway station. Many pilgrimage and tourist places are near to the temple (Ashtamudi Lake, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple etc.

Temple Photos


  1. ^ "Sreekovil renovation gets the final nod". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  2. ^ "108 Shiva Temples in Kerala created by Lord Parasurama".
  3. ^ "Sreekovil renovation gets the final nod". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  4. ^ "400-year-old sreekovil to be replaced". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Kollam District Siva Temples - Kerala - Talukwise listing of Mahadevar Ambalam".
  6. ^ "51.Kollam Anandavalleeswaram Mahadeva Temple".
  7. ^ "108 Shiva Temples created by Lord Parasurama in Kerala – Sanskriti - Hinduism and Indian Culture Website". 3 March 2018.
  8. ^ "108 Shiva temples of Kerala - Worshiped by Parasurama". Abode of God Shiva On the Internet. 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Temple festival begins today". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Sivarathri rituals at Anandawalleshwaram temple". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Antique idol stolen from Anandawalleshwaram temple". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Temple pond emptied in bid to trace antique idol". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Stolen panchaloha idol recovered from capital suburb". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
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