The Karppillikkavu Sree Mahadeva Temple is one among the 108 eminent Siva kshethras in India and the specialty of this temple is that siva prathishta have been done giving dharshan to western side. This temple is situated in Manjapra village in Ernakulam District of Kerala.The legend has it that this temple was existing even before 2000 B.C and as such one can see that this temple is one among the oldest temple in India. The prathishta of the Siva is in the Sankalppa of Kirathamoorthy that is Vettakkaran.It is also the legend is that Prathishta has been done by Karthyaveerarjuna.
The legend also goes in this line that this temple first was having the prathishta of Sri Devi (Parvathy) but when Karthyaveerarjuna came to temple to do dharshan of Sri Devi’s (Parvathy) sannidhaya was not there and so he conducted Prathishta of Siva in the temple and he staid in the cave constructed by him in the northern side of temple and he spend much of time doing siva dhyanam.
In an Ashtamangalaprasna conducted by Daivanjan Kaimukku Parameswaran Nambudiripad,he came to the conclusion that there is a connecting invisible very huge tunnel in between the well and the pond of the temple and this tunnel extends from the pond about 30 k.m east of the pond and at the end of the tunnel there situated very old temple and a pond having trees, plant of high medicinal value.