Azhimala Shiva Temple- Overview
The Azhimala Shiva Temple near Vishinjam in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, though dating back to the 16th century, has been attracting hordes of visitors in recent times. What is drawing the crowds is the huge and imposing idol of Lord Shiva standing atop a rock against the backdrop of the crashing waves of the Arabian Sea.
This Shiva temples across India have a unique mystical aura and the 58 ft. tall idol of Lord Shiva at Azhimala inspires awe with its towering presence that exudes grandeur.
Azhimala Shiva Temple Timings
The timings of this temple are from 5.30 am to 11.00 am in the morning and from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm in the evening.
History of this Temple
The Azhimala Shiva temple predates the Shiva idol itself. This place has a mythological connection. It is believed that this was the place where the Pandavas spent some time during their exile. According to local people or historians, once when Draupadi felt thirsty, there was only salty sea water around. Bhimsen immediately made a hollow in a rock with his elbow, and a spring of sweet water gushed out, helping Draupadi to quench her thirst.
Azhimala Shiva Temple is so named because it is situated between the sea and huge rocks. It is believed that its original name was Azhimala Pulinkudi Sri Mahadeva Temple. The area was known as Pulinakudi in ancient times due to the presence of tigers in the vicinity.
Place to visit near Azhimala Shiva Temple
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The temple, dedicated to Lord Padmanabha, houses over twenty-six thousand sculptures and paintings. Illustrations of stories from the Puranas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures. There are also many deities of Vaishnavism in the temple. The Thiruvanchikulam temple tank was earlier known as Sri Padmanabha Tirtha.
Shangumugam beach, which is located in the Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala. Located a short distance away from major tourist hot spots. This long stretch of beach is a three-hour drive from Trivandrum airport. In addition to the annual temple festival at nearby Pachalam Beach. Shangumugham is also popular for its fishing and boat rides as well as for the perfect getaway feeling that it emanates from.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery
It is a must visited place for any tourist who visiting Chennai. For more than three and a half decades, Sree Chitra Art Gallery has been promoting art appreciation and development in India by showcasing accomplished Indian artists and providing state-of-the-art facilities to showcase these artists.
How to reach this Temple
By Air- The nearest airport from this temple is Trivandrum International Airport which is located at a distance of about 21 kms from this temple. This airport is well connected to major national and international airports. From here, you can hire a taxi to reach Azhimala Shiva Temple.
By Train- The nearest railway station to Azhimala Shiva Statue is Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station which is located at a distance of about 20 kms from this temple. From here also, you can hire a taxi to reach Azhimala Shiva Temple.
By Road- Azhimala Shiva Temple is situated on Poovar to Vizhinjam road which is well connected through road network. And you can easily reach this temple by using your own vehicle or public buses or taxi.
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