Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sreekanteshwaram temple, Trivandrum, Kerala

Sreekanteshwaram, is an ancient temple  right in the heart of the city.  This  is also very close to  Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple. The temple is quite  small, constructed in typical Kerala style and wood work here is artistically done  and visible in the images displayed below. This is visited by locals everyday.
Siva  is the main deity here and Lord Vishnu is also worshipped here.
The Sivalinga here, is believed to be a Swayambhu ( self manifestation) and there are sub shrines for Ganesha and Ayyapa.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pazhavangadi Sree Mahaganapathy temple- Trivandrum, Kerala

Sree Maha Ganapathy- Vigneshwara, the remover of all obstacles is the presiding deity of Pazhvangadi temple.  This God grants all the wishes of his devotees and in return coconuts are offered by devotees . Devotees break coconuts in front of this temple and one can hear the continuous cracking sound of coconuts as if fire crackers are being burst. There is small tank in front for breaking coconuts and sack full of coconuts get broken here.

There are two images of Ganesha inside the sanctum -One  made of Granite other  made of gold. Though the temple is very small, there are also shrines for Sasthavu, Bhagavathy and Nagas. A temple, I never miss during my Trivandrum visits and breaking a few coconuts also a routine I follow here.
The temple is situated in East fort and only about 200 meters from Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple.
How to reach- this temple is situated just a kilometer from the Central railway station , Trivandrum.

I wish all my friends a Happy New Year !!