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Chalakkal Kurichikkara Shiva Temple – Wadakkanchery

Chalakkal Kurichikkara Shiva temple is located at Erumapetty village near Wadakkanchery in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. There are two temples here Chalakkal Shiva temple and Kurichikkara Shiva temple.

Chalakkal Shiva temple is located in the middle of a paddy field. The temple has a two tier vatta sreekovil (circular sanctum sanctorum). The Shivling worshipped in the temple is considerably big. The darshan of Chalakkal Shiva is towards west.

The Sankalpam of Shiva worshipped here is that of the unimaginably fierce form of Shiva who had just heard the news of the self immolation of Sati in the Daksha Yagna.

There is kalvilakku (stone diya) of 3 feet in front of the sreekovil.

The Upa Devatas worshipped in the Ganapathy, Ayyappan, Bhagavati and Subrahmanian.

Asthishwaramoorti is unique Upa Devata here. The vigraham of Asthishwaramoorti is carved in stone but it looks as if it is made from human bones. It is believed that the murti is that of a divine person. Some people believe it is the murti of a Chera King of the Sangam age.

The festival observed here is Mahashivratri.

As per history, the temple belonged to Avanaparambu mana and Alathur mana.

The Sankalpam of Shiva worshipped in Kurichikkara Shiva temple is that of Kapala Shiva (Shiva who is begging using a skull).