Nilakkal Sri Mahadeva Temple


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About and History of Nilakkal Sri Mahadeva Temple

Nilakkal Sri Mahadeva Temple is located in Nilakkal, in the eastern side of Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is one of the important “idathavalam” or halting places for the Sabarimala pilgrims. The shrine is administered by Travancore Devaswom Board.

Lord Shiva is the presiding deity and it’s believed to be in two moods, Ugramoorthy(fierce) and Mangala pradayakan(auspicious). A common belief is that Lord Shiva is showering his blessings to his son Lord Ayyappa to fight against all evil spirits while throwing all anger to the evils. As in many Shiva shrines, a number of oxen are protected in the temple premises.

There are only two Upa Prathishtana (sub deities) here, Lord Kannimoola Ganapathi and Nandi.

During Sabarimala pilgrimage, devotees from various states visit the temple for their welfare and sake.

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Timings to visit

5:00 AM – 9:00 AM |  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sevas/Pujas Performed

Three Poojas are held here every day. The morning session includes Usha pooja, noon session with Ucha pooja and the dusk session concludes with Deeparadhana. Special weekly days are Sunday, Monday and Friday.

Best Time to Visit 

Throughout the year & Maha Shiva Ratri

Festivals celebrated

The “Maha Shivaratri” held annually is one of the noted festivals of the temple. Besides Shivarathri, the temple celebrates its Thiruvutsavam every year in grand style.

How to Reach 

By Air:  Trivandrum International Airport – 150 Kms

By Train: Chengannur Railway Station – 63 Kms, Kottayam Railway Station- 96 Kms,  Alappuzha Railway Station – 104 Kms

By Road: Pathanamthitta – 40km, Kollam – 62, Sabarimala – 63 km,


Nilakkal Sri Mahadeva Temple, Pathanamthitta, Perunad, Kerala 689662

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