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Shakuni Temple at Pavithreswaram in Kerala - Temple Dedicated to Shakuni of Mahabharat

Sakuni, or Shakuni Mama , the uncle of Kauravas, in the Mahabharata is one of the most hated characters in Hindu scriptures especially the Mahabharata. His name is associated with villainy and people talk about him scornfully and with disrespect. But Sanatana Dharma sees a person in terms of Gunas . It is true that Tamasic characteristics was dominant in Shakuni but he too had Sattvic elements and this was recognized by a community in Kerala and there is an ancient temple dedicated to Shakuni at Mayamkottu Malancharuvu Malanada Temple at Pavithreswaram near Kottarakkara. Mayamkottu Malancharuvu Malanada Temple at Pavithreswaram The most important exhibit in the temple is a throne ( a granite stone inside the temple) believed to have been used by Shakuni. There are no usual pujas and Tantric rituals at the temple. Offerings to the temple include tender coconut, silk, toddy etc. The temple is maintained by the Kurava community of the region. The temple does not have a p