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Invariably most of the Hindu temples have a legend or two as to their origin. This temple is believed to be historical in nature as the presiding deity Shiva is in the form of a linga and was cast by lord Sri Rama for his personal worship. The temple legend - the first one presented here is more or less similar to the one associated with the Ramanatha Swamy temple complex at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Next to Kasi (Varanasi in UP) it is a famous pilgrimage center for Pithrookaryam - paying respect to forefathers. Here, on the island of Rameswaram, the Shivalinga was cast by Sri Rama himself with a view to getting his sins removed after killing many warriors including the ruler of Lanka Ravana.
The legend has it here at Kaviyoor this Shiva temple(dedicated to Mahadeva) was built by Sri Rama and Sita in the presence of Hanuman, Sugriva and Vibheeshana. Rama, upon his victory in Lanka against demon king Ravana was on his way to Ayodhya. Sri Rama wanted to have a Shiva Linga consecrated within a specified time here for his personal worship. Being a Shathriya king Rama wanted to absolve of his sin of having killed Ravana, a true devotee of lord Shiva. Further, Lankeswaran happened to be the son of a Brahmin and was well-versed in sastras, etc.
Upon Sri Rama's request Hanuman went north to bring a divine Sivalinga from the Himalayas. Hanuman took time to get a suitable Sivalinga for Sri Rama.
Time is an important facor for the consecration (Prathista) of Shiva Linga. Sri Rama became anxious as the time for prathista was nearing and there was no sign of Hanuman returning with the Shiva Linga. So, Sri Rama went ahead and moulded a Shiva Lingam from the earth and consecrated it. When Hanuman returned from the Himalaya with the Divya Shiva Linga he was grief stricken as consecration of another Shiva Linga had been done by Rama. Rama pacified Hanuman and asked him to install the Divya Shiva Linga in the place of his Shiva Linga. When Hanuman tried to replace the Shiva Linga installed by Sri Rama, he could not even shake it. Hanuman realized his folly and expressed his desire to stay near the Shiva Linga in this place to guard the idol installed by him.
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Architecturally, this temple is rich and is worth a visit. You will never be disappointed. The offerings to Mahadev and Vishnu are same as in other temples. As for Hanuman who has his own srikovil - garbagraha the offerings to him is different. Aaval Panthirunazhi, is very delicious; vadamala (garland made with vada in odd number 108 0r 508 or 1008), betel leaf garland are regular offerings to Hanuman. The latter offering is done on prior request only. The temple can be reached from Thiruvalla town.