Sri Major Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple is situated at the Thangassery locality of Kollam, Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are two Rameswaram Mahadeva Temples included in the 108 Shivalayams of Pracheena Kerala, the first one being this Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple within the Kollam Corporation jurisdiction. The temple hardly lies 1.5 Km away from the famous Anandavalleeswaram Mahadeva Temple at Kollam and is in close proximity to the Mulankadakam Devi Temple.
About The Temple
Sri Major Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple is a west facing shrine that is well known for housing amazing sculptures. There are two gopurams (entrance tower), one in the west while the other in the north. A copper dwajastambam is found in front of the balikkalppura. The temple has no nalambalam as such; instead a small wall (Madhil) surrounds the Sri Sreekovil. The Sreekovil is a rectangular structure that is covered by a pyramidal roof on top. The Sreekovil and Namaskara mandapam carries beautiful stone and wooden carved sculptures. The Valiyambalm and balikkalppura are built typically in the Kerala style. The shrines of the Upadevas (sub deities) are near the Sreekovil and within the Madhil (Wall). Lord Ganapathy, Sri Sastha, Sri Subrahmanya swamy, Parasurama, Lord Dakshinamoorthy, Naga devathas and goddess Bhagavathy are the other deities gracing from the temple.
About The Deity
The chief deity of this temple is Lord Shiva while the other deities include Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subramanya, Saptha Mathrukkal (Seven holy mothers – Brahmini, Maheswari, Kaumari, yshnavi, Varahi, Indrani, and Chamunda), Lord Chandeswara who graces from their respective shrines.
Legend and Stories
Few stone inscriptions are found in this temple. One such inscription reveals that the Venad king Ramavarma Kulashekhara granted few piece of land to this temple as a donation in 1102 AD. It is believed that the Kollavarsham (Malayalam calendar) was started to commemorate the renovation of this temple and the rise of city Kollam as the capital of Venad kingdom.
Natives of this land believe that Lord Rama once worshipped Lord Shiva (Mahadeva) at this place. Thus the place got to be called as Rameswaram. There is also a place called Ramankulangara located nearby, which thereby indicates the association of Lord Rama with this historic temple. Historical evidences point to the fact that the temple is older than 1100 years. A merchant from Tamil Nadu named Navakodi Narayanan Chettiyar is credited to have constructed five Temples in Kollam namely the Anandavalleeswaram, Manaleeswaram, Rameswaram, Chittadeeswaram and Trikkapaleeswaram.
The annual temple festival spans for 8 days, ending with the Arattu ceremony on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day of Makaram (January - February).
Poojas are performed thrice daily in this temple according to vedic austerities. Rudrabhishekham , Dhara, Payasam and Ootu are the main offerings for the deity.
How To Reach Sri Major Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple, Thangassery
The nearest located Airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 76 kms from the town.
The nearest Railway Station is the Kollam station.
The temple is located right in the center of the municipal town of Kollam with numerous buses and cabs available easily to reach the temple.
Sri Major Rameshwaram Mahadeva Temple,
Thangassery Kollam district, Kerala State,
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