Sreekanteswaram

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Sreekanteswaram
Town
Sreekanteswaram is located in Kerala
Sreekanteswaram
Sreekanteswaram
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°28′28″N 76°56′51″E / 8.47444°N 76.94750°E / 8.47444; 76.94750Coordinates: 8°28′28″N 76°56′51″E / 8.47444°N 76.94750°E / 8.47444; 76.94750
Country  India
State Kerala
District Thiruvananthapuram
Government
 • Type Democratic
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 695023
Telephone code 0471
Vehicle registration KL-01

Sreekanteswaram is a place in Thiruvananthapuram city (Trivandrum), India. The place is known for the Siva temple, from which the name was derived. Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple is the original abode of the Lord of new Sreekanteswaram. Author of Sabdatharavali, Sreekanteswaram Padmanabha Pillai hails from this place.

Geography[edit]

Sreekanteswaram [1] is a busy residential area in the Thiruvananthapuram city and is bordered by Pazhavangadi on the east, Fort on the south and Kaithamukku on the west. The place is located around 1 km from East Fort and 2 km from Statue Junction.[2] The Sreekanteswaram Park and the Sreekanteswaram Siva temple are the major landmarks.[3]

Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva Temple[edit]

The place is known for the Siva temple, from which the name was derived. Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple is the original abode of the Lord of new Sreekanteswaram Mahadeva Temple.[4]

History[edit]

The story goes that there was an old sweeper maid who used to work in Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple. After the day's work, the tired old maid used to take rest under the shade of a tree near her hut. She would keep her broom and pot near a tree. One day it so happened that after her rest, she tried to lift the pot but it would not move!! So she tried to break the pot using a stone. To her great shock she found that the pot was bleeding profusely!! It is believed that Lord Shiva gave darshan to the old lady. On further enquiry, it was confirmed to be 'Swayambhu Shiva Linga'. The Maharaja of Travancore inspected the spot and ordered to build a new Shiva Temple, which in the later years became the famous Sreekanteswaram Temple.

Deities and Sub-deities[edit]

Lord Shiva is the Presiding Deity of the Temple. Though His Consort Sree Parvathi does not have any idol, She is ever present in the Sanctum. There is a Sanctum for Lord Sastha within the Chuttambalam. Bhootathan, Lord Ganapathi, the serpent gods and Lord Krishna dwell outside the Chuttambalam. There are many devotees who argue that the idol worshipped as Bhootathan is actually a Yakshi. Lord Hanuman and Lord Murugan, both carved on pillars near the flagmast, receive worship from devotees. All the deities here faces to east.

Adjacent to the shrine of Ganapati stands an idol of Goddess Parashakti who was worshipped in a nearby Kalari. In the Kalari She was worshipped with 'makaara panchakam' in the Shakteya Sampradaya. Mritunjaya Homam, Mrityunjaya archana, Jaladhara, Pinvilakku and Kuvala mala samarpanam are the most popular offerings made to Lord Shiva.

Darsan[edit]

  • Morning - 4.00 to 11.00
  • Evening - 5.00 to 8.30

The management of the temple[edit]

The temple comes under the control of Travancore Devaswom Board.

Important days[edit]

Main article: Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri and Thiruvathira are the days which attract huge crowds to the temple. and Dhanu masa thiruvathira

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