Tiru Anjaikkalam is the only Shivastalam in Kerala and in
Chera Naadu which has been sung by
the Nayanmars and is located in the vicinity of Kodungallur, near Thrissur. Kodunallur is
well known for its famed temple to Bhagawati.
Perumal, one of the 63 Nayanmars and a great friend of Sundaramoorthy Nayanar is said to
have ruled with Kodungallur as his capital.Aadi Swathi (in the month of Cancer) is of
festive significance commemorating Sundarar's association with the temple. Sundarar and
Cheraman Perumal Nayanar are said to have left for Kailasam from here.The latter composed
the Tirukkailaya Ula at Tirukkayilayam (Mount Kailash).
The Temple: In keeping with the Keralite architectural style, this
temple has a conical copper plated Vimanam. This temple has a namaskara mandapam,
and gopura dwarams on the east and the west. Cheraman Perumal's image is carved on
the temple walls & there is a memorial to him nearby. A majestic tiered brass lamp
adorns the temple. Dakshinamurthy, contrary to the name faces the East here. The sanctum
is in the form of a chariot and there is no separate shrine for Ambal. Unlike most other
Shiva temples in Kerala, there is an image of Nataraja here. Murals adorn the temple