Chengannur Mahadeva Temple is an ancient temple of Kerala located at Chengannur in the Alappuzha district. Constructed many centuries back, this temple is unique with its special rituals and eye catching architectural designs. Even if this shrine is popularly known as the Mahadeva temple, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy hold equal importance. This large temple has a circular Sanctum where the idol of Lord Shiva is facing east and the idol of Goddess is facing west. The gold-plated Shivalingam of this temple is bearing the image of the Shiva-Shakthi (Ardhanareeswara). The Shivalingam of this temple is believed to be emerged on its own.
Chengannur Mahadeva Temple is completely distinct from other temples in the state. ‘TRIPUTHARATTU’ is a unique festival of this shrine based on an interesting belief. The festival is a symbol of fertility and connected with the menstruation ceremony. The temple is considered as the Shakthi Peedam because of the menstruation symptoms observed periodically with the idol of Goddess Parvathy in this shrine. This extraordinary festival is celebrated at the temple with great festivity. Apart from this festival, the temple has a 28-days long annual festival which conducts during the months of December and January. Shivarathri is also celebrated at this temple with great grandeur.
Chengannur Mahadeva temple is a perfect example of the beautiful temple architecture of Kerala. It is a must-visit temple in the state because of its exquisite woodwork and fabulous mural paintings. The temple was ruined by fire and most of the wooden work and art work of the temple got damaged. Still, the temple houses several amazing paintings and murals. The Mukhamandapam and other mandapams of this temple have outstanding woodwork. Chengannur Mahadeva temple is nearly 117 km away from Trivandrum International Airport. The nearest Chengannur railway station is only at walking distance from the temple. Tour My India offers attractive pilgrimage tour packages for travelers who wish to visit the popular temples in Kerala.