Cheruvathur Mahadeva Temple, Kerala:
|Cheruvathur_Mahadeva Temple Entrance, en.wikipedia.org|
Lord Varuna asked Parashurama to throw his axe (Parasu) from the place where he stood at Gokarna and this would enable him to donate as much land as possible. The land between Gokarna to the place where the axe would fall would be donated to him. Thus a new land was created from Gokarna to Kanyakumari where the axe finally landed. Thus Kerala was created and Parasurama, as decided earlier, donated the land to the Brahmins and settled them there in 64 gramams or villages. Among them, 32 are in Kerala and the rest in Karnataka. Sri Parashurama had established 108 plus Shiva temples and they are believed to be pretty old.
Cheruvathur Sri Mahadeva Temple, in Kunnamkulam town of Thrissur district of Kerala is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a famous one. Simple in appearance, here the east-facing idol
|Sage parasurama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, his weapon axe. en.wikipedia.org|
At this temple the Balikallu is very big and the Namaskara mandapa - hall is not a big one. The water pond is close to the temple. Near-by at Punnathur, there is a Shiva temple where the deity is self -manifested -Swayamboo.
The temple is about 1km away from Kunnamkulam bus stand in Trichur district (but the Cheruvathur village is in Kasaragod district),
Chowalloor Shiva Temple:
|Chowalloor_Shiva_Temple, Kerala, . en.wikipedia.org|
|Chowalloor Shiva Temple, chowalloorsivakshethram.org|