History of Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple
Vadakkumnathan Temple history dates back to over 1,000 years. The history of the temple is connected with the birth of the great Kerala scholar, Guru Adi Shankaracharya. Shankara was born to the Shivaguru - Aryamba couple of Kalady, in answer to their prayers to God Vadakkunnathan. According to legends, Lord Shiva appeared to both husband and wife in their dream. He offered them a choice that they could have either an ordinary son who would live a long life or an extraordinary son who would die early. The couple chose the second option. They named the son Adi Shankara, in honour of Shiva. It is said that Adi Shankara attained Videha Mukti (Freedom from embodiment) in Vadakkunnathan temple.