This is a “Swayambhoo” (Swayam – on its own, Bhoo – emerged to vicinity from earth) temple situated at Manganam in Kottayam District of Keralam, India. The main deity here is Lord Siva, hence this temple is called Swayambhoo Siva Temple. The Devatha (Deity) of any land or locality is called as “Thevaru” in local slang. Since this temple is situated on a small mountain, which is “Kunnu” in Malayalam, the name has become “Thevar Kunnu Swayambhoo Siva Temple”. This temple is one of the very few “Swayambhoo” Shiva temples in Kerala and is considered to be around 1000 years old, based on the available details. The main idol is Swayambhoo (the idol was emerged on its own from earth). Siva is worshiped along with his wife Sree Parvathy. Both husband & wife – Siva & Parvathy, are present here in a very pleasant mood. Hence worshiping Thevaru (Lord) is widely practiced for clearing the obstacles for marriage and also to get a suitable & great partner in life. On regular days, the temple is opened at 6:00 am and is closed at 10:00 am after the morning poojas. In the evening, the temple is opened at 5:30 pm and is closed at 7:00 pm. On special days such as Pradosham, there will be extended poojas and the temple timing may differ. This Swayambhu Shiva Temple is situated in Manganam Village in the Kottayam Dist. of Kerala State.It is believed that this temple is about one thousand years old and the original idol is "Swayambhu" (Self Originated). It is also believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi lives here happily and performing of special Poojas here removes obstacles in Marriages. Origin of the Temple(Udbhavam) The Temple is owned and maintained by Plappally Illom in Manganam Village.It is believed that once a Tribal Woman was searching for "Arrow Root" on the western side of Pllappally Illom with the help of an Iron Rod. Suddenly the rod struck a stone and blood started flowing from the stone. The Tribal woman suddenly felt a" Divine Presence" in the stone and immediately informed the people of Plappally Illom and disappeared into the river flowing nearby.It is also believed that this woman was none other than Goddess Parvathi transformed as a Tribal woman to show the presence of this "Divine Stone" to the people of Plappally Illom. This Tribal woman is also worshiped as a Goddess in the eastern side of the Temple. At a time, the temple was with all the glory and the festivals were conducted grandly in the proper Vedic tradition. But later, due to so many reasons the belongs of Plappilli Illam & Temple were lost & temple and Illam suffered financially. This resulted in deterioration of the regular programs & tradition of temple. The temple became very old and was in need of immediate structure refurbishment. The devotees lined up with Plappilli Illam to renovate the temple and they made it possible to have the present day temple. Still the works are on going and many more are to be done to bring the temple to a “Poornakaya Maha Kshethram” (a fully structured grand temple according to Vedic Norms). As stated, there is a long way to go and indeed financial & physical cooperation from the devotees are requested to accomplish those. The transformation of the temple to “Poornakaya Maha Kshethram” would bring more prosperity to the devotees & Mangaanam Desam as a whole. The Temple Trust would like to appeal to the devotees to participate & help the renovations and upgrades which are being done at the temple.
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