Sri Sankaranarayana Temple is situated at a village named Navaikulam, in the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala, India. This Temple is dedicated to both Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Shiva.
About the Temple
Sri Sankara Narayana temple is constructed using the stone granite and houses several smaller shrines for other deities. This east facing temple encompasses a main sanctum which is built on a circular design.
About the Deity
The chief deity of this temple is Lord Shankaranarayana (Harihara) who is a combined form of Lord Shiva and Vishnu. The vigraha of the deity is in the standing position whose right side representing Lord Shiva (Shankara) with Nandi, while the left side represents Lord Vishnu (Narayana) with Garuda.
Legend and Stories
The temple is considered quite ancient, however its origin is unknown. Renovation of the temple was undertaken under the reigns of Udayamarthanda Varma who ruled Venad from 1383-1444 AD. According to legends, this region once belonged to the Nagas, whose chief named Pandu, established the temple here. Prior to that, the temple was owned by Moosads (Namboodiri) and was later taken over by king of Venad. At present, the temple is under the control of Travancore Devaswom Board.
The ten day annual temple festival is celebrated on the malayalam month of Medam (May), starts from the day of Uthrattathi nakshatra. Prior to the commencement of this festival, a tradition ceremony called the Urul Varavu (Sayana Pradakshinam) is performed by the devotees from 8 to 12 karas, which lies in this temple’s vicinity. A Gaja pradakshinam (A ceremony where the Lord is taken in a procession on an elephant) is traditionally conducted from 2nd to 9th day of this grand festival.
The nearest located Airport to this temple is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 45 km away.
The nearest Railway Station is the Varkala station about 8kms away.
Navaikulam Sri Sankara Narayana Swamy Temple is situated right on the side of the National Highway 47, between Kallambalam and Parippally, in the Chirayinkil Taluk of Trivandrum.
Sankara Narayana Swamy Temple,
Navaikulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala,
Pincode - 695603.
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.
The temple is open from 4.00 AM to 11.00 AM and from 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.