Thirumalida Mahadeva Kshethra
LORD SHIVA THE SUPREME BEING
Thirumalida Swayambhoo Mahadeva Temple is one of the most famous temples in the southern part of Kerala, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Temple stands of the scenic eastern bank of the Manimala River at Mallappally in Pathanamthitta District of Kerala India.
The Temple is accessible by road from Mallappally and nearby villages, and is 15 kms from Thiruvalla. The nearest Railway stations are Thiruvalla and Changanacherry.
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Thirumalida Mahadeva Temple is famous for its exquisite and mystical appearance, which is similar to the renowned Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
It is significant that it is the only Swayambhoo Temple facing West on the banks of a river.
During the month of Karkidakam (July August), thousands of pilgrims flock to the Temple, to offer Karkkidaka Vavubali. It is also one of the few Temples to celebrate Shivarathri on the sandy river beds, when the flow of Manimala River is at the minimum during that period of the year.
During the annual festival of Maha Shivarathri; thousands of ardent devotees from far and wide gather here day and night, to witness the Mallappally Kavadiyattam on the sandy river bed of the Manimala, which is one of the most spectacular and enchanting festival of this Temple, which includes Caparisoned Elephants, various pageantry and most importantly the mesmerizing drum beats
and Kavadi Thullal by the devotees who had taken a vow of Sacrifice and Thanksgiving to Lord Shiva.
Historical significance of Sri Thirumalida Temple
Mallappally desom was once ruled by Poovana Tharavad, a very prominent family during the ancient times. '
There were a lot of Peasantry and Labourers to look after the vast agricultural lands of the family.
One among them was a woman of lower caste by the name of Mali. One day she came to the banks of the river Manimala to cut grass, as she was honing her sickle on a stone (shila) she was surprised to find blood oozing out of the stone. The frightened Mali fled to Poovana Tharavad and informed the matter.
The Karnavar who is also the ruler of the area rushed to the spot, accompanied by Pathillalthil Pottimar (a prominent Namboodiri family of the area) and witnessed the miracle and concluded the phenomenon as a Divine occurrence. Deva Prasnam was conducted, and it conclusively established that Ruk Chandas a great Rajshri, who lived during the end of Dwaparayuga, who,during his period of Vanaprastha, had identified this spot for his long Thapas praying to Lord Maheswara.
The Lord gave him Holy Darshan, on this Shiva Linga and blessed him with Moksha.
The Shila, on which Mali had sharpened her sickle, was the same Shiva Linga on which the Lord gave Darshan to Ruk Chandas.
Poovana Karnavar constructed a Temple at the sacred place and started worshipping Swayambhoo Shiva Lingam. But it was found that the Lord was not accepting the offering of Nivedya. All the poojaries were very upset at this turn of events. Mali was watching this from a distance, and she understood that the lord has not taken any food. This was too much for her to bear.
Every day in the evening, Mali was given Rice gruel (kanji) in a leaf kumbil (a disposable pan made of a big leaf in which gruel/ porridge is served to lower caste Labourers)
She hastened to Poovana Tharavad and collected her kumbil of kanji and ran back to the Shiva Linga in the night.
With great devotion Mali filtered the Kanji by pouring out the water and offered the Rice in the leaf to the Lord and started praying on an empty stomach to the Lord, for accepting the food.
The whole night, Mali kept praying to the Lord, without even blinking her eyes. As her tears rolled out and washed the Shiva Linga, Koovala leaves from the nearby Koovala tree (Vilva pathra) started falling on the Shiva Linga in the gushing night wind.
The Lord was very pleased at the Devotion and Bhakti of Mali, coupled with the Abhishekam and Archana by Nature.
Next morning, when the priests came; they saw that the Lord has accepted the food offered by the poor Mali and had graced her.
Thus the pure and innocent Bhakti of Mali, proved to be dearer, to the Lord than the rituals of the priests.
It was a divine coincident, that Mali did the offering and prayers to the Lord with fasting and without sleep on a Shivarathri day.
The shrine of Lord Shiva which came up at that spot, where Mali found the Swayambhoo Shiva Linga was named Thirumali after her and Shivarathri became the main festival of the Temple.
Mali's offering of rice laced with coconut, is the main offering to the Lord and given to the devotees as prasada, known as NARATHALA.
The Holy Sreekovil of Thirumalida temple resembles the architectural splendour and magnificence of the Pallava dynasty, with stone roofing without any joints and is found to be mentioned in the ancient Thachu Shastra texts.
The aesthetics of the ancient exquisite architecturalwonder has been retained during the renovation of the Temple over the periods in its history.