Shiva Temple, Kochi (Cochin)

Shiva Temple

Rank 15
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in Kochi (Cochin)
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11 Ratings & 8 Reviews

About Shiva Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 4.00 AM - 8.30 PM , Saturday: 4.00 AM - 8.30 PM , Sunday: 4.00 AM - 8.30 PM , Public Holidays: 4.00 AM - 8.30 PM

In front of the Shiva temple in Ernakulam lies the backwaters of Cochin. The deity faces westwards and enjoys the view of the sea. At the time of constructing this temple, the main language that was in use was Tamil; therefore the people addressed the deity as Erayanar which also means Lord Shiva.

There are two legendary stories connected to this temple. The first is thus: A sage was observing strict penance on the Himalayas. He had a disciple called Devalan. Because of his bad behaviour, he was cursed to become a serpent. To be freed from the curse, he had to fetch a Shiva Linga kept by another serpent in the Behula forest. He drew up a plan and got the Linga. When he was returning from there, he stopped on the way to have a bath. After bath and offering prayers, he couldn t remove the Shiva Linga, it was firmly fixed to the ground. The Shiva temple which is there now is believed to have cropped up at that time. The place was called Hrishingakulam (Hrishinga was the changed name of Devalan). It has now been shortened to Ernakulam.

The second is: Arjuna was performing penance to impress Shiva. To test him, Shiva disguised himself as a Kiratha a demon and just before Shiva appeared before Arjuna, he saw a boar running towards him. Arjuna, an ace hunter shot the boar. A dispute arose between Kiratha and Arjuna as to who shot the boar. After a long battle Kiratha emerged as the winner and then Arjuna realised that it is actually Shiva in disguise. Shiva and Parvathy together appeared and gifted Arjuna the Pashupathastram. The idol of Shiva is said to have emerged on its own.

The Shiva temple celebrates Mahashivarathri with great pomp and show. Remember that while entering the temple, men are supposed to take off their shirts.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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8 traveller reviews for Shiva Temple

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Narendra Mankikar

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  • Narendra Mankikar
  • Critic
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  5055 readers

"Eternal beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Nice old temple with many other temples surrounding, felt blessed having visited all temples. Outside lamp arrangement is unique and beautiful.
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Chandranath Shirwaiker

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  • Chandranath Shirwaiker
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Pune
  • 80 photos
  • 72 Reviews
  •  76 helpful votes
  •  41601 readers

"The Shiva Temple we chanced upon"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2015
We were just taking a stroll down the road from M G road towards the waterfront from Joe's junction. We saw the arts & crafts centre with a nice pavilion and a lown and felt there is a temple around with the bells ringing. Further down the road we could see the temple top but didn't see an entrance. Having turned around the block we reached the entrance road and to the temple.

To go inside the temple gents have to remove their shirt and banian too. Ladies have to be well draped. The lingam is quite big being bathed continuously. One has to strain one's eyes to have a good look inside the Garbhagriha. The temple architect is typical of Kerala and one can see the lamp arrays on all sides of the temple.
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Divesh .

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  • Divesh .
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  1523 readers

"Religious & Relaxing atmosphere"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2015
The temple, the architecture, the crowd, the priests all are the main reasons to visit this temple. I would recommend my family and friends to visit Kochi and pay a visit to this temple to meditate and mind relaxation.
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Prashant Dhatwalia

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  • Prashant Dhatwalia
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  2414 readers

"Visit in the morning"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2015
I have visited the temple in the morning, got blessing from god Shiva. It was a peaceful experience, I would love to visit the same place again and again.
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Chandrashekar Mopidevi

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  • Chandrashekar Mopidevi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2891 readers

"Good Place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2014
It was a pleasant Journey to the Temple and felt so happy to be there. The surroundings are clean and its a good pilgrimage place overall. It would be good actually to go in the evenings to have a good view of the temple and with the lightings in the later evening.
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Parvathy mani

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  • Parvathy mani
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  5783 readers

"Have a good Darshan"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 24, 2014
Holy temple of Lord Shiva. Not much crowd when we visited and we had a wonderful darshan. I had visited this temple before and the sanctity is maintained and one could feel the presence of divinity. We visited the Lord Subramanya temple & Lord Hanuman temple just outside the Shiva temple and could worship leisurely. Altogether a most satisfying visit to the holy Lord Shiva temple.
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  • A S
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
  •  2105 helpful votes
  •  587875 readers

"There is a belief that the idols here are self-created"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014
Shiva temple is well known as Ernakulathappan Temple. It is one of the most important and famous temples of the region. A local informed us that the name of the town is also derived from the name of this temple. And there is a significant belief that the idols over here are self-created. A must visit temple.
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  • Anilgopalan
  • 7 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  9474 readers

"Place of devotion"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2013
This is one of the great Siva temple in South India. Oldest one too. We will get piece of mind here..
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