Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kottayam

4.8
#1 of 14 in Historic Sites in Kottayam
Shiva is the god of the yogis, self-controlled and celibate, while at the same time a lover of his spouse (shakti). Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on. Shiva is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego, the false identification with the form. This also includes the shedding of old habits and attachments.

All that has a beginning by necessity must have an end. In destruction, truly nothing is destroyed but the illusion of individuality. Thus the power of destruction associated with Lord Shiva has great purifying power, both on a more personal level when problems make us see reality more clearly, as on a more universal level. Destruction opens the path for a new creation of the universe, a new opportunity for the beauty and drama of universal illusion to unfold. As Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram or Truth, Goodness and Beauty, Shiva represents the most essential goodness.
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  • One of the powerful god of Hindu temple. Most of the Hindu religion people come to visit that. Really good architecture.  more »
  • A very large temple, with the compound that could accommodate several thousands. The only Hindu temple where the main offering is feeding the public (prathal) due to which the people living on four si...  more »
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  • Very well maintained. Parking availability is usually great. Separate parking space has been made available since last few years. Very well connected through road. The Devaswom book stall inside the complex has an amazing collection of books. Be cognizant of the different customs here and follow the same.
  • Truly a vibrant temple. A big space to sit & meditate or sit and relax. The free lunch and dinner are very delicious and is suffice for a day. Very hygienic. Ease of access by bus, car or auto. Sufficient parking space for vehicles.
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