|Kaithara Siva Temple|
Kaithara Siva Temple is situated at Mezhathur in Palakkad District, Kerala State, India.
The Siva Linga deity worshipped here is supposed to have been installed by Agnihothri the eledest son of Sage Vararuchi. It is also believed that Agnihothri had conducted ninetynine Yagas in the vicinity of the temple and was preparing to conduct the Hundreth Yaga, which made Lord Indra the King of Heaven furious thinking that Agnihothri would attain greater power than Indra himself and the whole of Mezhathur would be turned to Heaven.
The legend says that Indra took the form of a Brahmin boy (Unni) and sat on a Banyan tree near by and when Agnihothri was passing by the child asked for a boon. Agnihothri could read the mind of the child but to refuse anything to a Brahmin boy would be against Dharma, so he asked the boy how could he fulfill his wishes. The boy told Aghnihotri to stop with the ninetynineth Yaga. With no option left for Agnihothri, he abided to the wish of Brahmin boy. The tree believed to be where the boy sat is still there and is known as Unni Aal.
The history traces this period to the 4th Century Circa. There are many Historians who are working on this subject. To this day all the 12 families of Sage Vararuchi assemble here once in year to pay homage to the departed souls of their family.
The Siva Linga here is a massive peace of Stone of more than 3 feet in height. According to Vasthu sasthra the bigger the Linga, the greater is its influence to its surroundings.
Kaithara Variam members were the custodians of this temple when the Communist led government of Kerala took over the land of Hindu temples in the middle of last century; the temple lost all its wealth except the 50 cents of lands on which it is now standing during this time.
Slowly the Namboodiri and Variam family members who were looking after the temple also migrated from the place in search of livelihood. For more than 30 years there was no daily Pooja at the temple, even then the devotees nearby used to light lamps outside the temple during Pradosham, Sivarathri and other festivals.
In the year 2000 the Kshethropasana Trust, Chennai did a Deva Prasana and started helping the temple financially and Pooja was restored once in a month. . From 2006 onwards the local committee also became active, and started the daily Pooja.
The Ayurvedic Trust Coimbatore and Kaithra family members since then have been contributing to the expense of the renovation work and daily pooja.
Now, a new road has been buid, a gate has been fixed and steps have been restored so that it would be easier for devotees who are coming by own vehicle to come up to the temple and have Darshan of the Lord.
All this can happen only with the contribution from devotees of Lord Shiva. We request all well wishers and devotees to contribute whatever you feel possible for this cause and be blessed.
DD/Cheques can be drawn in the Name of ‚ÄúKaithra Siva Temple‚Äù payable at Coimbaotore.
More important when you get time please visit the temple and feel the presence of the Lord.
May God bless you and Your Family!