Sri Major Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple is Located at Thangassery in Kollam, Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two Rameswaram Mahadeva Temples are included in the 108 Shivalayams. The first one is the Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple located in the Kollam Corporation. This temple is just 1.5 Km away from the famous Anandavalleeswaram Mahadeva Temple. It is also near to the Mulankadakam Devi Temple.
About The Temple
Sri Major Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple, this west facing Mahadeva temple is famous for its sculptures. There are two small gopurams in west and north sides and there is a copper dwajam infront of the balikkalppura. There is no nalambalam, instead there is a small mathil or wall around the Sreekovil. The rectangular sreekovil has a pyramidal roof. The Sreekovil and Namaskaramandapam are decorated with beautiful stone and wood sculptures. Valiyambalm and balikkalppura are in typical Kerala style. All sub deity shrines are located near to the Sreekovil inside the mathil. Ganapathy, Sastha, Subrahmanya,Parasurama, Dakshinamoorthy, Naga devathas and Bhagavathy are the subdeities.
About The Deity
Lord Siva is the principal deity. Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subramanya, Saptha Mathrukkal (Seven holy mothers – Brahmini, Maheswari, Kaumari, yshnavi, Varahi, Indrani, and Chamunda), Lord Chandeswara are the minor deities.
Legend and Stories
There are some stone inscriptions in this temple. One inscription is related to the Venad king Ramavarma Kulashekhara. In 1102 A.D, the King gave some land to this temple as a donation. It is believed that the Malayalam era or Kollavarsham was started to remember the renovation of this temple and the rise of Kollam city as capital of Venad kingdom.
Local people believes that Lord Rama worshipped Mahadeva at this place and hence the name Rameswaram. Ramankulangara a place near to Rameswaram also indicates the association of Lord Rama with this temple. According to historical references and inscriptions found from the temple, this temple is older than 1100 years. Navakodi Narayanan Chettiyar a merchant who came from Tamil Nadu constructed five Shiva Temples in Kollam. They are Anandavalleeswaram, Manaleeswaram, Rameswaram, Chittadeeswaram and Trikkapaleeswaram.
The 8 day long annual festival of this temple will end with arattu on Thiruvathira day of Makaram (January - February).
There are three poojas daily. Rudrabhishekham , Dhara, Payasam and Ootu are the main offerings.
How To Reach Sri Major Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple, Thangassery
The Nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (76 km).
The Nearest Railway Station is Kollam
The temple is situated right on the heart of the Kollam Municipal town.
Sri Major Rameshwaram Mahadeva Temple,
Thangassery Kollam district,
Pincode - 691007
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 6 A.M to 9 P.M