Reckoned to be one of the most beautiful temples in Kerala, Chowalloor Shiva Temple is situated 3 kms away from the famed Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple. It is said that this Shiva temple is 1000 years old and considered one of 108 Shivalayas or abodes of Shiva. The legend has it the deity of Thrissur Sree Vadakunnatha Temple manifested himself on an umbrella carried by one of his devotees from Chowalloor Mazhavannoor Mana, who used to walk all the way to Thrissur to daily pay homage to the Lord. When he became too old to walk and worship Shiva regularly, the Lord is believed to have accompanied him to Chowalloor. The Swayambhoo idol of Lord Siva is seen facing west in the temple, whereas his consort Goddess Parvati is facing east, which reflects that the showering blessings in all directions.
There are a number of autos and cabs available from different of Guruvayoor to reach this temple.
Things to Do & See in and around
Pay homage in one of the most beautiful Shiva Temples in Kerala.
Best Time to Visit
The festival of Shivratri is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm here. The Chowalloor Temple Thiruvathira Mahotsavam, which is a 12-day long festival is also a good time to visit this temple.