The Annamalai Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Karikkode, in Kerala, India. The temple is about 1800 years old and is built in the Chola style Architecture. The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Shiva. The ancient structure is intact despite modifications and renovations that were carried out later. A window with nine lattices representing Navagrahas (nine planets) and another widow with five lattices representing Pancha Bhoothas (five elements) deserve special attention. The idols and lamps are carved from stone and metal, dating back to the 14th Century. A step well always containing water (even in drought condition) is considered sacred. The temple once managed by a private trust is now under the control of Archaeological Survey of India for its historic importance. Important relics of the temple are kept in the museums of Thrissur and Kozhikode. It is believed that the temple was constructed during 2nd century A.D. The temple is constructed following Chola style of architecture. A window with nine lattices representing Navagrahas (nine planets), and another widow with five lattices representing Pancha Bhoothas (five elements earth, water, fire, ether and space) is a peculiarity of this temple. The temple once managed by a private trust. Considering its historic importance the temple is now under the control of Archaeological Survey of India.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.