|The Kailaaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar Temple at Kesavaram|
Kesavaram is the current twisted abbreviation of Kailaaya Eswaram. In the past, the Kesavaram village was a small island surrounded by the waters of these two rivers. Since the Koratalaiyaar flows in a South - North direction, it was believed to aid Mokshaa and hence was known as Moksha Nadhi. The island which was formed in between the two rivers was called Mokshadweepam or the island of Moksha. It is here that Ezhulagamudaiyaal, wife of Kulothunga I, gave grants to construct a temple for Kailaaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar.
|Inscriptions at the temple|
Well let us look at the status of the temple today.
|The status of the Kailaaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar temple at Kesavaram|
|A closer look at the crumbling structure|
Greedy individuals have usurped all the lands that belonged to the temple, that one has to walk through the private agricultural lands in order to reach the temple. It was saddening to hear that the private landowners are even reluctant to provide a pathway to reach the temple from the main road.
|The beautiful stone vimana at the Kesavaram temple|
The beautiful stone vimana that can be seen in other Cooum sites like Sivapuram, is being held together with metal reinforcements. The front mandapa is crumbling and a beheaded Nandi which shows signs of having once being beautifully bedecked welcomes us.
|The remains of a beautiful Nandi at the temple|
Beheaded idols of a Dwara Ganapathy, and Uma Sahitha murthy lay dumped in a corner. The villagers speak about efforts made by certain miscreants to steal the statues in the goshtam, which was however thwarted by the caution of the local people and volunteers. It seems such a shame that such treasures are being allowed to rot and ruin.
|The damaged Uma Sahitha Murthi at Kesavaram|
|Kailaaya Eswaramudaiya Mahadevar at Kesavaram|
Goosebumps spring up in your hands in his calming presence. What can you do but to pray to him to change the situation that the temple currently is in? There is encouraging news. There have been a group of volunteers who are taking efforts to repair the temple and reinstate it to its lost glory.
|Dakshinamurthy at the temple|
|The Durga at Kesavaram|
How to get here:
The Kesavaram temple is about 6 kms from Thakkolam.
The temple is open through the day. However, make sure you reach before it gets dark as it would be difficult to maneuver yourselves through the narrow bunds in the agricultural fields once it becomes dark.
Contact details: 81222 74612