108 Shivalayas !! Dakshina Kailasam Thrissivaperur Sri Vadakkunnatha Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Vrishabadhri Puram/Vrishachalam/Then Kailayam/Dakshina Kailasam/Thrissivaperur/Thiru Shiva Perur Sri Vadakkunnatha Temple is the first Shiva temple in Kerala consecrated by Lord Parasurama located in Thrissur City, Kerala.  This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva in Kerala which is famous for exquisite craftsmanship and fresco depicts the legend from great epic Mahabharath.
Presiding deity – Lord Shiva/Vadakkunnatha with his consort Goddess Sri Parvati
Subshrine  -  Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Shankara Narayana , Lord Rama, Lord Shiva as Vettakkaran, Ardhanareeshwara, Lord Krishna, Lord Vrishabha,  Lord Kasi Vishwanatha, Lord Nataraja/Chidambaranathar, Kodungallur Bhagavathi, Urakam Amma Thiruvadi, Lord Bharatha/Koodalmanikam of Irinjalakuda, Lord Anjaneya, Serpent Gods, Maharishi Veda Vyasa, Sage Parasurama, Simhodhara, Lord Dharmasastha, Sri Adi Shankara,
Significance – Sri Sankara Bhagavadpadal was born to Shivaguru and Aryamba after the  sincere prayers of the couple to Lord Vadakkunnatha.
The presiding deity is not visible; in its place mount of Ghee appeared in the sanctum is venerated with ghee for several years’ remains without any foul smell.    It is believed that the ghee has the capabilities to cure all kind of illnesses.
Festivals – Ashta Dravya Mahaganapathi Havana along with Anayut/feeding elephant, a ceremonial performance to please the deity and offering Appam/Sweetened rice cake fried in ghee as Bhog to Lord Ganesha/Lord of remover of obstacles.
Mahashivaratri, Thrikkarthika, Thrissur Pooram are the major festivals of this temple.  Thrissur Pooram is a magnificent event of this temple which attracts huge crowd from all over India, glorious procession of Lord Krishna of Thiruvambadi and Goddess Devi of Paramekkavu along with the divine instruments like percussions, wind instruments, altering marvelous parasol, fireworks etc... are exceptional delight for the devotees.
This temple remains open from 3.00 AM to 10.30 AM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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