Most of the Kerala shiva temples based on the shudda puja concept. Lord shiva can be worshipped in three different ways (Ref: Sivachana Chadrika of Appayya Dikshita):
- shudda puja - In this, shivalinga alone as the Lord who permeates everything is worshipped.
- Second is to worship Lord shiva along with shakti, as the two inseparable forms of the same Supreme.
- Third is to worship the Lord surrounded by different avaraNa devatas.
Most of the Kerala temples have only the sanctum where Lord is in the form of shivalinga. This is the most ancient form of worship and could be seen in some of the ancient north India temples too. (It is however disturbing to note that off late this whole concept is getting spoilt due to a lot of new prathishtas. The simple elegance of the Shuddha Shivalinga worship of the state should not be lost in the zeal to develop the temples!!)
You could also see pictures of many of these temples in Kerala
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- kalaiyUr - near ariyakkODu
- kIzUr - pAdukAtta Ishar, pArvatI
- koNgaNam - girIshar, umAdEvi
- kOvUr - vaLavanADu taluk, malabAr Dt, kaNNEshvara svAmi
- Kunnathurpady Cave Temple 8th century one , six kms from payyavur
- kuTTipuram - ponmAri shivAlayam
- paNNiyUr - Mahadeva temple.
- sAmannA (thiruchchAmannA)
- taLLi - vaLavanAdu taluk
- Thirumandhamkunnu - Siva Temple
- tiruvangara dEsam
- vandampAlai (uttara gokarNam) - associated with viRaNmiNDa nAyanAr
- vRiShAchalam (shivapEruR) - hill top temple
- Gudalur - Noolampara Siva temple
- Komalapuram - Charamparambu Siva Parvathy Temple
- Aaladesikalaya Siva Temple.
- Cherithirunavaya sivan Temple.
- Karkallikavu sivan Temple.
- Kolapulli anthimahadevan kavu Temple.
- Manancheril thrikovil sivan Temple.
- Mayilalam sivan Temple.
- Markendeswaram sivan Temple.
- Mybally sivan Temple
- Molathu sivan Temple
- Pudiyathrikkovil vykkathappan Temple
- Pudukkoli sivan Temple
- Thalloor sivan Temple
- Thiruayani sivan Temple
- Thiruanathimagalam sivan Temple
- Thirumuppathu mahadevan Temple
- Thrikaikattu sivan Temple
- Thripepalli Sivan Temple
Malabar Devaswom Board temples
Cochin Devaswom Board temples
108 Shiva temples of Kerala