Keezhthali Sree Mahadeva Temple is a renowned and historically important great Siva Temple situated in Tali village of Talappilly Taluk (Varavoor Grama Panchayat) of Thrissur district in Kerala, South India. The Tali village is a panoramic place known for its rich tradition and great historical importance. It is believed that there were 108 Siva Temples in Tali Village, which were constructed by erstwhile Maharaja Cheraman Perumal for his darsan. Most of these temples were destroyed due to various reasons over period of time and Keezhthali Sree Mahadeva Temple is one among them. Only a very big Sivalingam on a small hillock was left over by the age as remnant of the temple. This great temple has since been reconstructed and today, Keezhthali Sree Mahadeva Temple, with the biggest Siva Lingam in Kerala, is the only temple to conduct “Saivagama Padi Pooja” (Pooja conducted on 36 steps inscribed with 36 Siva Sookthams and Paryayams of Parvathi Devi).
The original Keezhthali Sree Mahadeva Temple was situated at a plot measuring 1.36 acres. However, majority of above land was alienated as time passed by and there was only about 16 cents of land comprising of a small hillock (remnants of the old sreekovil and Sivalingam) left. Hence, the next priority for the Trust was to procure land required for the reconstruction of Upadevatha Temples, Chuttambalam and other facilities in the temple. Accordingly, in the year 2007, the Trust was able to purchase about 36 cents of land around the Sreekovil/Hillock from the person under whose possession the said land was, by paying a hefty amount. Thereafter, Annadhana Hall and a Quarters for stay of temple staff were constructed at the backside of the Sreekovil.
Thereafter, a detailed plan for the second stage of renovation of the Temple to construct Upadevatha Temples, Chuttambalam, Thidappally, steps to reach the Sreekovil situated at 24 feet height etc. was prepared and construction was started in February, 2012, the foundation stone for which was laid by Jagadguru Sree Sree Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peedom on 14.11.2011. The work of Upadevatha temples and Chuttambalam were completed and Punaprathishta of Upadevathas viz. Bhagavathi (Parvathi), Narasimhamoorthy, Sasthavu Ayyappan) and Ganapathi were performed in May, 2014. The balance work of construction of Steps (32 Nos.) to reach the Temple situated at 24 ft. height and Kavu for Nagarajavu and Nagayakshi were completed and the Temple.Samarppanam was done on 09.05.2016 alongwith the Prathishtadina Mahatsavam of the year 2016. Siva Sookthams (36 Nos.) and the Paryayams of Parvathi are inscribed in the middle of the steps leading to the temple (including on 4 steps of the Sreekovil of Keezhthali Sree Mahadevan) and now, Saivagama Padipooja is being conducted in the Temple as per the offering of the devotees. The person who offers padipooja in the Temple is supposed to attain ?Sadasivadarsanam?, the ultimate truth. Today, Keezhthali Sree Mahadeva Temple is the only temple to conduct Saivagama Padipooja. Learned scholars and Vedic Pandits have opined that having Darsan at Keezhthali Sree Mahadevan is equal to having darsan of Kailasanathan at Kailasam.
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