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Kolathukara Shiva Temple – History

Kolathukara Shiva temple, also known as Kolathukara Mahadeva temple, is located at Kulathoor in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The temple is associated Sree Narayana Guru, philosopher, spiritual leader and social reformer.

As per history, the shrine was a Bhadrakali temple and was infamous for sacrifice or bali of animals. Sree Narayana Guru put an end to animal sacrifice and he removed the Bhadrakali pratishta and installed Shiva in the temple.

It is believed that this is the second among the numerous pratishtas of Sree Narayana Guru in Kerala and parts of South India. The first pratishta was done at Aruvippuram.

The pratishta at Kolathukara temple was done on Kollavarsham 1068 Meenam 13. A school was also started on the temple compound by Sree Narayana Guru.

A shloka in praise of the temple was written by Sree Narayana Guru and poet Kumaran Asan.