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Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple

Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple

This ancient Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is situated 6 km away from Thiruvalla town and well connected by road from Pathanamthitta, Thiruvalla, Mallappally, Changanachery and Kottayam. The nearest railway station is Thiruvalla and it is in almost equal distance from two major airports Trivandrum International Airport and Nedumbassery International Airport in Cochin.

About Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple also known as Thrikkaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is situated on the banks of Manimala River. It is one of the oldest temples and preserved as a monument by the government. The presiding deity of Lord Shiva in the form of Shivalinga is three high carved out of one single stone. A Hanuman Temple is also located on a small hillock in the temple complex. The main festival here is the Thiruvutsavam festival and rituals like Utsavabali, seva and pallivetta are performed during this festival. Other festivals are Sivaratri festival where 8000 lamps ate lit known as Vilakkezhunnellippu. Sahasra Kalasam is another ritual here where offering to the lord is given in one gold, 10 silver and 89 copper pots. Hanumath Jayanthy is also celebrated along with Thiruvutsavam. A Chariot decorated with flowers is the main attraction of this festival. Some of the other main offerings of this temple are the Dhara, Muzhukkappu and Chatussatham. The offerings to Hanuman temple by the devotees are Aval Nivedyam and Vadamala.

History or Myth

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is a 10th century temple located in a village called Kaviyoor in Pathanamthitta District. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and this temple is considered to be the oldest temple in Kerala. The temple is built as per the traditional architecture of Kerala and the whole temple is adorned with beautiful wooden carvings. The main sanctum of the temple is covered with 44 skillfully crafted rafter shoes and this temple owns a huge collection of priceless ornaments.

Tips or precaution

  • Take directions from a temple staff before worshipping at the temple.
  • If you are new to Thiruvalla ensure that you take directions from a police aid post or tourism centre to reach the temple.

How to reach

  • flight
    BY AIR
    If coming by Air at Nedumbassery International Airport or Trivandrum International Airport take a train to Thiruvalla and a Taxi to the Temple.
  • train
    You can reach by train from any part of India. From Thiruvalla Railway(5 KMs) station you can take a bus or auto taxi to the temple. All the trains have a stop at this station.
  • bus
    Bus service is available from all the places in Kerala and luxury buses are available from most of the South Indian cities. Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is well connected by road from all nearby towns.

Highlights or specialities

  • Thiruvutsavam festival
  • Vilakkezhunnellippu ritual
  • Sahasra Kalasam ritual
  • Hanumath Jayanthy festival
  • Aval Nivedyam and Vadamala
  • Rituals like Utsavabali, seva and pallivetta


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