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Uliyannoor Shiva Temple
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Kiran Nair
2 years ago
Uliyannoor Mahadeva temple was designed and constructed by Sri. Uliyannoor Perunthachan at a distance of about 20 metres from the old temple founded by Parashurama in BC 525, following a request from the Namboodiri families. Perunthachan was 1 among Vararuchi’s 12 children. He was a professional carpenter and a brilliant arithmetician too. Things like Pangulam, which assumed different shapes when viewed from different angles, illustrates his intelligence. But unfortunately with passage of time, these things were destroyed. Uliyannoor temple was build, adhering strictly to traditional legacies. The Sree Kovil of this temple has a circumference of 42 metres which is adorned with goodness of Perunthachan’s architecture. The main deity is Lord Shiva, Parvathy devi is also worshipped here. The temple got it's the name, Uliyannoor from the phrase “Uliyante ooru “ which means ’carpenter’s hometown’. It is also believed that the name evolved from the word “Ulliyattur” which means ‘Cut off by chisel’. The temple is unique in many ways. It is one among the only four temples, which has its deity consecrated at a higher level than that of the surroundings, and the only one in Travancore . There are a lot of evidence supporting the existence of pangulam. It is believed that, a river started flowing between the pangulam and the temple which led to the abandoning of this pond, which was constructed by Perunthachan. The formidable wall, around the temple, made of red stone, ensured that ,the river was made to change its usual course, forcing it to flow in between the pond and the temple. It is believed that, these red stones were taken from the river bed. Moreover, its also believed that the soil required for elevating the level of temple, above the normal level was also taken from there. Located at a distance of around 1km from the highway, the road leading to the temple is interrupted by a semi-helical bridge which runs across the Periyar river. The roads are bordered by trees on either side. The regions close to the temple is very calm and quiet that, it is definitely an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Most of the structures which displayed Perunthachan’s extra-ordinary skills and intelligence were destroyed either due to lack of maintenance or were lost to invaders. One such instance is that of Tippu Sultan’s attack, when idols of Dwarapalakas were almost destroyed completely and the Nandideva’s idol incurred some damages. Later the idol was covered with copper. As mentioned earlier lord Shiva and Parvathi Devi are worshipped simultaneously. ’Dampathi-Darshanam’ is considered to be more effective. Pooja timings are from 5am-10am in the morning and 5pm-7:30pm in the evening. The temple carries out charity services also. ’Sindooram Pathadhi’ is one such charity program of the samidhi. This program includes, providing health assistance and aiding higher education etc.
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