Pradosham on 24th June, 2014 !! 108 Shivalayas !! Eranakulam Sri Mahadeva Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Rishinagakulam/Eranakulam Sri Mahadeva Temple is one of the 108 Shivalays in Kerala consecrated by Lord Parasurama, located in the heart of Eranakulam City, Kerala.  In this temple, Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a Linga as an embodiment of Lord Gaurishankara.
Presiding deity - Thiru Eranakulathappan
Worshipped by – Arjuna, Devala Rishi/Nagarshi, Vilvamangalam Swamigal,
Festivals – Maha Shivarathri, Brahmostavam/Aarattu in the month of Jan/Feb,
Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Kirathamoorthi,
The legend has that Arjuna, one of the Pancha Pandavas from the great epic Sri Mahabharath underwent severe penance to propitiate Lord Shiva to attain the most powerful weapon Pasupathasthra.  Lord was pleased at the devotion of Arjuna and the divine couple appeared before him in the form of a hunter & huntress, witnessed a demon Mookasura was assigned by Duryodhana to kill Arjun was disguised in the form of a wild boar made an effort to attack Arjuna.  The hunter shot an arrow at the boar that instantly killed; simultaneously Arjuna also shot an arrow that hit the boar.  However, the heated argument between the hunter and Arjuna continued to affirm their proficiency in the usage of bow and arrow.  Ultimately, it resulted in a battle between Arjuna and the hunter, eventually the all pervading Lord Shiva won the battle. 
Arjuna was badly wounded in the battle made a Linga out of the sand and venerates Lord Shiva with the flowers.  To his surprise the flowers offered on the Linga was falling from the head of hunter and huntress.  Arjuna realized the presence of Supreme Lord Shiva and requested for forgiveness.  The divine couple was satisfied at the dedication of Arjuna, blessed with one of the fiercest weapon Pasupathasthra.  
As years passes by, Devala was afflicted with a curse become Nagarshi witnessed the Linga consecrated by Arjuna.  Nagarshi sanctified the Linga and installed the Linga at Rishinakulam for worship, when he was prepared to leave this place, tried to remove the Linga from the ground, which was already wedged on the ground, eventually, Devala was released from the curse.   Later, this Linga a personification of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sri Gauri was installed in a magnificent temple constructed for the worship.
Worship of Lord Eranakulathappan and his consort Goddess Sri Gauri is capable to remove all the sins and provides liberation to the worshipper.
This temple remains open from 3.30 AM to 11.00 AM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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