The legend says that Lord Siva, after the disappearance of Goddess Sati in the yaga at King Daksha's palace, became furious. From his matted hair (jada) were created Goddess Bhadrakali and Veerabhadra. This is believed to have happened at Akkara Kottiyoor Temple and that Siva appeared before the Nambodiri who installed the Ponmeri temple after that. Another legend says that while the King was renovating the temple, the carpenters were finding it hard to fix the top beam of the sreekovil. It is said that Lord Siva appeared as a Brahmin asking for food and in return he fixed the roof at Brahma moohurtham. There are also legends related to the campaign of Tipu Sultan. The invading army destroyed the sub-shrines and was about to attack the sreekovil when the sweeper of the temple, who was at the akathe-balivatom, prayed loudly to the Lord. Then, it is said, a fireball came out from inside the sanctum sanctorum and chased the invaders away. This incident earned the deity the name 'Thee-oothi-appan', which later evolved to 'Theeyanoorappan'.
The sreekovil of Ponmeri Shiva Temple is squarish and the sopanam has got six direct steps. The base is made of granite and the entire sreekovil features exquisite wood carvings. The roof is covered with copper sheets. Sub-shrine of Lord Ganapati is attached to the Sreekovil. The chuttambalam was renovated 200 years ago. There are seven sub-shrines outside the chuttambalam. The namaskara mandapam is similar to the one at Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor. Besides Navagruhas, dwaadasa motifs and bhoothas, the wooden carvings depict the stories from Kiraatham, Kaama-dahanam and Parvathy Parinayam.
Ponmeri Shiva Temple is open from 4 AM to 11 AM and from 5 PM to 8 PM.
Darsan Dresscode: At Ponmeri Shiva Temple , Kerala traditional wear is preferred.
The history of Kozhikode is related to the battles of local chieftains and also that of valour and honour. It also braved the invasions of attacks from outside, unlike the southern parts of the State.This makes the region resilient with an interesting mix of cultures.
Language Spoken: Malayalam
Sree Maha Siva Temple, Ayancheri, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Kerala 673 542Contact Number : +91 4962534600
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The peculiarity of Ponmeri Shiva Temple is the presence of 'Trimurti'- Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. In addition to the Shiva, deities Vishnu, Brahma, Ganapati, Bhagavathi, Shankaranarayana, Adithya (Surya), Boothathevar (God of Spirits), Ayyappa, Murugan and Krishna are also installed in the temple complex. Ponmeri Siva is fondly called 'Thiyyannur Appa', following the incident related to Tipu's invasion.
Lord Siva is in the sankalpa of Kirathamoorthy here. A separate shrine for Brahma is another unique feature of Ponmeri Shiva Temple .
Ponmeri Shiva Temple is open from 4 AM to 11 AM and from 5 PM to 8 PM. The poojas done are Usha Pooja (6 AM), Uchcha Pooja (11 AM) and Athazha Pooja (8 PM), besides Dhaara (10 AM) and Sandhya Deeparadhana (6:30 PM). Sreebali, which was done daily, has been discontinued since 1978.
Rudrabhishekam, Niramaala and Uma-Maheswara Pooja are the main offerings. Rudrabhishekam is the most important one.
Januaray/February : Annual Festival
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