Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple also called as Mahadeva Temple is situated in Kaviyoor, district of Pathanamthitta, Kerala. The Temple is located on a hillock, and is built in a gable-shaped structure. The temple is covered with copper roof and the holy flag of the temple is made of gold.
Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is said to be one of the oldest temples of Kerala which is built in the early 10th century. And it is one of the special temple of Lord Mahadeva (Lord Shiva with Goddess Shakti) and Lord Hanuman. The temple is dedicated to both Lord Shiva as well as Lord Hanuman.
The temple contains several structures, well decorated with fabulous wooden carvings.
- Namaskara mandapam and
- Sreekoivil (sanctum)
The mandapam (hall) and the sanctum of the temple are entirely covered with rafter shoes.
Fortes of Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple
The main deity Lord Mahadeva (Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and Lord Hanuman blesses the devotees along with other deities such as Lord Ganapathi, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Mahavishnu, Naga raja, Mahahrishi and Dwarapalakas etc.
The major and special offerings for one of the main deity Lord Hanuman in this temple is Vadamala and Aval Neivedyam.
The temple holds precious collection of ornaments such as Golden pots, ezhunnallippu chatams, Golden Reliefs of Deities, Golden Umbrellas, and Golden Chains etc.
The special feature of Mahadeva temple is that the carvings of this temple shines with the literature of significant Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.
The popular Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is under the maintenance of Travancore Devaswom Board.
The temples remains open in the morning from 3.30 am to 11.30 am and in the evening from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
- Thiruvutsavam – December or January
- Sivaratri – February or March
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (170 km) and Cochin International Airport, at Nedumbassery, Kochi (160 km) are the nearest airports.
Chengannur Railway Station (82 km) (Declared as Gateway of Sabarimala), Tiruvalla Railway Station (92 km), Kottayam Railway Station (120 km) and Kollam Junction railway station (129 km) are the nearest railway stations.
The main trunk road to Sabarimala is Pathanamthitta – Pamba. The distance from Pathanamthitta District center to Sabarimala is about 70 km. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation operates, regular daily bus services from Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulum and Kumili and also operates more services to all major towns of Kerala and neighboring states.