Thenari Madhyaranya shiva temple
This is one of very important Shiva temples of Kerala ,It is believed that Once Lord Parsurama did great penance addressing Lord Shiva and when he came before him, Lord Parasurama wanted the God to come to Kerala , the land he reclaimed from the sea. The very pleased Lord Shiva gave him 108 Shiva Lingas and requested him to consecrate them all over Kerala .This temple is believed to be one of those temples. Another legend about this temple is interesting. It seems once Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma quarreled with each other claiming superiority over each other,. At that time Lord Shiva appeared before them in a luminous form and wanted them to find out his head and feet. Lord Vishnu took the form of a boar and went on digging but could not find the feet of Lord Shiva and came back and accepted defeat. But Lord Brahma came back and told a lie that he has been able to see the head of Lord Shiva. The infuriated Lord Shiva cursed him and Lord Brahma lost his power of creation. When all the world of devas went and appealed to Lord Shiva, He directed Lord Brahma to this temple . He told Lord Brahma that whosoever worships him in this temple will be purified of sins committed by him in several births .Lord Brahma along with Indra, Goddess Saraswathi and the eight guardians of directions went to this temple , did penance and got back his power of creation.,The Eight guardians of directions were asked to consecrate a shiva Linga in their name in eight directions of this temple.These are called Indresan, Yamesan , Nirutheesan , Varunesan ,Maruthesan ,Thanathesan and Eesanesan.All these lingas are within one of half km from this main temple of Mahyarayeswara. There is a small well inside the temple called Agnikundam
There is another story connecting this temple with Lord Sri Rama ,It seems from Rameswaram on their way back to Ayodhya , Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Siita took rest at Theneri .They took rested in a rocky area which is now called Shangu chakra para. On these rocks even today big and small pits on the rock .People believe that these are the places where the huge monkeys took rest and the depressions are created by their buttocks. While here it seems Goddess Sita felt thirsty .When Lakshmana sent an arrow on the land only mud water came out and when Rama send an arrow pure dinkable water came out. Devotees believe that Ganges river came like a spring there. There is a stone in the Madhyaranya temple on which Gayathri manthra is inscribed ,Devotees believe that Rama sat on this stone to worship Lord Shiva. There is also a well preserved Rama Temple in Theneri village where the spring created by Rama called Sri Ganga Theertha is preserved,
It seems during the conquest of Tipu Sultan , this temple was destroyed and this linga was cut by his sword. Even today the cut mark could be seen on the main Linga. The local people of Thenari repaired and rebuilt the temple and the consecration was done again in 2005.Apart from the main Linga, the temple also has sub temples dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya, Thirukumuzhi ammanand Saptha Mathas., Kasi Viswanatha, Ganesa, Lord Ayyappa with Porna and Pushkala and Lord Maha Vishnu.The door of the Saptha Mathas temple is opened only once in a year on the deepavali day and poojas performed. Out side the temple there is a SArpa Kavu(serpent temple) and a temple tank called Brahma Kundam . Arudra Darsanam and Maha Shivarathri are celebrated in this temple besides special poojas on Pradosham day.
The temple is 15 km from Palakkad town and is near Elapulli on the palakkad –Pollachi road. The buses from Palghat to Kozhinjampara touches this temple . The temple is open from 6 Am to 12 non and 5 Pm to 7.30 Pm . the temple phone number is 0491-2584321