Sringapuram Shiva Temple is located at Kodungallur
in Thrissur District
and is about 2 km from Kodungallur Bhagavati Temple
. One among the four Tali temples in Kodungallur, the temple adjoins the Kodungallur Kovilakam (palace). The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva
. The idol was installed by sage Rishyashringa, after whom the temple is named.
The temple faces towards east. There is a 3-bay Natapandal with tiled roof beyond, which is the dhwajastambha. The inner prakaram is entered through the agramandapa housing the valiabalikkal. It is enclosed on three sides by wooden slats fixed on vertical wooden frames. In front of the square dvi-tala structured
shrikovil, lays the mukha mandapam, which has two other doors on its south and north with granite steps and handrails. The sopanam on the east has hasti-hastha banisters on its sides with the figure of a 'vyali' sculptured on the outer sides.
The temple contains five pratisthas of shivlings, a pattern of Shiva temples in vogue during ninth and tenth centuries. The image of Lord Shiva is believed to be in the penitent mood after the immolation of Sati (Lord's consort) during the Dakshayaga. The temple has several inscriptions of 10th to 12th centuries.
The temple celebrates its annual eight-day festival in February or March with Arattu on the new moon day after Shivratri.
The temple can be approached by road and is on the Kodungallur-
Paravur road (
National Highway 17).