Chowalloor Shiva Temple, Guruvayur, Kerala
Chowalloor Shiva Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located at Chowalloor, near Guruvayur in Thrissur District in Kerala, India. This Temple is considered as one of the 108 Shiva Temples created by Lord Parasurama. It is also considered as one among the five Shiva temples around Guruvayur. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple premises. Daily three poojas are conducted for Lord Shiva.
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The temple is facing west and covers an area of about 4 acres. There are no towers on the temple walls. The temple does not have flag mast. The main Balikallu in Balikalpura is about 10 feet tall. Hence, the Shiva lingam cannot be seen from outside. Presiding Deity is housed in the sanctum in the form of Shiva Lingam and is facing west. Lord is a Swayambhu Moorthy. His consort, Parvathy is also housed in the sanctum facing east. The sanctum is in round shape and is of two tiers.
There is a shrine of Subrahmanya Swamy, facing east on the north-west side of the temple premises. There is a shrine of Navagrahas, in the north east corner of the temple complex. Stone idols of Saptha Matrikas in the form of Bimbas, made of Krishnasila can be seen in the temple premises. There are shrines of Ganesha, Ayyappan and Anjaneya in the temple premises.
12 Days festival in the month of Ohanu, Shivaratri and Ashtami Rohini are the major festivals of the temple.
Pattum Thaliyum Charthal offering to Parvathy is performed to grant marital bliss for the unmarried and also for better marital relationships.
Chowalloor Shiva Temple,
Kandanassery P.O., Guruvayur,
Thrissur, Kerala – 680 102
Phone: +91 4885 238 166
The temple is located at about 4 Kms from Guruvayur Bus Stand, 4 Kms from Guruvayur Railway Station, 5 Kms from Guruvayur, 5 Kms from Choondal, 7 Kms from Kunnamkulam, 24 Kms from Thrissur and 77 Kms from Cochin Airport. The temple is situated on Guruvayur – Choondal Route.