Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi temple (Maheswaram Temple) also known as “DAKSHINA KAILASAM - ദക്ഷിണകൈലാസം” is situated at Maheswaram (Chenkal), 26km away from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Maheswaram Temple is constructed entirely out of Krishna Stone and wood in the traditional architecture of Kerala temple construction. Maheswaram Temple is the Centre of ancient Hindu Culture in Kerala. In front of East Nada there is a huge Nandi followed by 3 storied Rajagopuram. Maheswaram Temple is the only temple in the world, where devotees can worship 12 Jyothirlingam of Lord Siva and 32 forms of Lord Ganesha at one place. MAHALINGAM, the world’s largest Sivalingam having 111feet height is one of the main attractions of Maheswaram temple. MahaSivaratri is celebrated with great pomp at this temple. Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple is the culmination of service to Humanity and to God by Swamy Maheswarananda Saraswathy. Swamiji believes in "Manavaseva is Madhavaseva". Temple opens every day at 4.30am and closes at 10.30am in the morning and reopens at 4:30pm in the evening and closes at 8pm.
A miraculous boy was born on 16th November 1954 (30th Tulam 1130 ME) in pooyam star as the eighth son of Chellamma and Jnanaprakasam of Chenkal village, Neyyattinkara Taluk, Thiruvananthapuram district. He had many peculiarities right from birth. The most characteristic among them was his matted hair on the head. When he was around three, he used to meditate sitting in the southwest corner of his house. At the age of ten, he renamed himself as krishnan and began to known as Krishanankutty. Later a termitary came up at that place resembling Sri Sivaparvathi. One day a person at that village ridiculed that the termitary has no miraculous power and trampled it. A serpent appeared from that and that person ran for his life. With this, the fame of the termitary spread among the people of that locality and devotees started arriving in large numbers. Later he built a Sivaparvathi temple at the place where there was termitary.
After getting divine darshan of God in dream swamiji constructed Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya temples. This brought the concept of Sivaparivar at the temple.It was the astroller and the temple priest Mukkolakkal Krishnan who first gave him initiation of sacred text of manthras. Then he became a desciple of Keezhperur Madom K.S. Madhavan Namboodiri, from there he learned puja rituals and procedures of worship. He commenced Ganapathi homam (holy materials to the sacrificial fire) with one cocanut and now with 10008 cocanuts on Vinayaka chathurthi day. Hearing about this rare event at Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple, head of Kanchikamakodi Madam Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi swamigal visited temple in 2010 and blessed Krishnankutty Swamy. Appreciating the spiritual activities of Krishnankutty Swamy, Sri Sri Sri Jayendra Saraswathi swamigal gave Diksha to Krishnankutty swamy. Since then ChenkalKrishnankuttySwamy became known as Swamy Maheswarananda Saraswathi and the temple trust was renamed as Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple Trust. On 20th Februvary 2011 (9th Kumbha, 1186 ME) Lord Mahadeva gave him divine darshan and commanded Swamiji to construct a temple as designed by ancient saints.
As per swamiji’s instructions Temple reconstruction using Krishna stone and wood in accordance with Ancient Temple Architecture of Kerala and as per Vasthusasthra commenced on 9th of Kumbha, 1187(ME). Idol was installed in Balalayam on 05.03.2012 (21stKumbham 1187). Foundation stone of the temple was laid on 23.03.2012 (10thMeenam 1187). Idol of Sri Sivaparvathi was moulded in Panchaloham (5metals). On 21.01.2016 Kodimaram was installed in front of the Kizhakke Nada (East Entrance). Idol installation ceremony of the Maheswaram Temple held between 9am and 10am on 06.02.2017.On 02.11.2017, Dvadasa (12) Jyothirlingam of Lord Siva were installed inside the chuttambalam, surrounding Sri Sivaparvathi. 32 Forms of Lord Ganesha were installed at the Maheswaram Temple on 13.09.2018.At North-West corner of Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple there is Mahalingam having 111feet height. Mahalingam at Maheswaram Temple is the world’s highest Sivalingam.
Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple is the cradle of Ancient Kerala Culture. This temple is an exhibition of traditional Kerala Architecture of Temple Construction.Temple is built completely out of Krishnastone and wood in traditional Architecture of Kerala in accordance with vastushastra. Entire Rashichakra symbols are at the sanctum (Sreekovil) entrance which symbolizes Sri Sivaparvathi is the controller of entire universe. Chuttambalam also constructed out of krishna stone and wood. There exist a three storied east entrance to enter into the Temple Complex. Through east entrance Devotees can enter into Anakkottil. Pillars out of palm tree is one of the attractions of Anakkottil. South entrance to the Temple Complex is another attraction of the temple. There exist four entrances at chuttambalam of the temple.
On top of each entrance there is Gopuram in Kerala Architecture. Infront of East Nada (Main Entrance) there is kodimaram. Kodimaram (flag mast) is covered with copper plate. Structure of Nandi is present on top of the kodimaram. Small bells present at the top of the kodimaram always ring which is pleasant to hear. At chuttambalam Structures of Gajavyali in wood is there on both sides of the east entrance to the temple. Inside the east nada there is valiyabalikkallupura. On the roof of Valiyabalikkallupura there exist Navagraha Sculptures carved on wood. Dome shaped structure in a single piece of Krishnashila could be seen on top of the Namaskara mandapam. There exist 70 pillars which is the exhibition of excellency in sculpture. Sculptures of different characters in Hindu mythology could be seen at the temple which are produced by carving stone and wood. Inside the chuttambalam there is Sreekovil for Sivaparvathi . Idol for Sri Sivaparvathi is moulded in Panchaloham (5 Metals). Idol of Lord Siva and Sri Parvathi Devi is Poornakaya (full bodied) idol sitting together by giving blessing to entire universe. Dvadasa (12) Jyothirlingam of Lord Siva are installed inside the chuttambalam, surrounding Sri Sivaparvathi. There are 3 Golden Thazhikakkudam (top dome of the temple) on top of Sreekovil (Sanctum). A number of Thazhikakkudam could be seen on top of the chuttambalam. There exist Mani Kinar ( well ) at North East corner inside the Chuttambalam. There exist Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya temples inside the chuttambalam.
32 Forms of Lord Ganesha are installed and worshipped outside the chuttambalam at South-West corner of the Temple. At North-West corner of Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple there is Mahalingam having 111feet height. Mahalingam at Maheswaram Temple is the world’s highest Sivalingam. Mahalingam has plenty of unique peculiarities. One of the peculiarities is its style of construction. Devotees can enter into this Mahalingam. The construction of this Sivalingam is based on Shadadharam.In addition to the 6 meditation halls there exist another 2 halls, one at the bottom and other at the top of the Mahalingam. Devotees are allowed to meditate at each meditation hall by knowing about and concentrating at symbols of each chakra present there.In the Prayer hall (at the bottom of Sivalingam), there is a large Sivalingam.Here Devotees themselves can worship Lord Siva and can proceed to the next six meditation halls to meditate by concentrating on symbols of each Adhara and finally devotees can reach Kailasam which is at the top level of Mahalingam. Way to the top level of the Mahalingam is spiral shaped and is surrounded by a cave like atmosphere and plenty of carvings (of Monks) pertained to meditation. Inside Mahalingam, 108 different Sivalingam and 64 forms of Lord Siva can be seen. The serene atmosphere inside the Sivalingam gives a rich spiritual experience to each devotee who visits Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple.