Pandavas being the very famous brothers from our history were five sons of the King Pandu and his two wives Kunti and Madri. Very strong messages have been passed form the lives of these brothers to the upcoming generations through Mahabharata. There are many proofs and reminiscences of this era of starting of Kalyug. Let’s discuss about the temples constructed by the Pandavas.
Panchapandava Divyadesams in Kerala
are the most famous once.
These were installed by the Pandavas in honor of Sri Krishna. According to Hindu mythology being guilty of the sins committed during Mahabharata, the Pandavas crowned Parikshit as the King and left for Pilgrimage.
Chengannur Mahavishnu Temple – Deity installed by Yuddhisthra
The most truthful and honest among the five – Yuddhisthra was worshipping Vishnu to pardon him for the sin he had committed in the battle field. In order to make Drona defenseless he had uttered certain words; this is what he considered as his sin.
Tiruppuliyur Mahavishnu Temple – Deity installed by Bhima.
The most strong among the five – Bhima worshipped Vishnu here. This temple is associated with the legend of Saptarishis as well. The food offerings made here are huge considering Bhima the builder’s appetite.
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple – Deity installed by Arjuna
The most intelligent and Lord Krishna’a favorite – Arjuna had built this temple. He wanted pardon for his sin of killing unarmed enemy in the battlefield that was Karna.
Tiruvanvandur Mahavishnu temple – Deity installed by Nakula
Legend has it that Nakula the Pandava prince built this temple. It is said that Lord Vishnu has created a text describing the rituals to be followed to worship his shrine at this place. Narada is also associated with this temple and is believed to preach humanity here.
Tirukkodittaanam Narayanan Temple – Deity installed by Sahadeva.
This is a legendary temple from the 9th century. Sahadeva used to worship Lord Vishnu here who is known as “Adbhuta Narayanan”.
This is a very famous temple and one of the most difficult places to reach. It is one of the most miraculous abode of God. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November).
The temple is said to be built by Pandavas and revived by Adi Sankaracharya. This temple is standing erect miraculously since 10 centuries without getting affected from the severe natural calamities.
Panchapandava Cave Temple, Tamil Nadu
This is located at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. This belongs to the 7th century era. This is said to be built by the Pandavas during their Angyat Vas.
The Kilkari Bhairon Temple, Delhi
This temple which stands in the mid of the National capital of India claims to date back from the Mahabharata period. This is said to be built by the Pandavas for the worship of Lord Shiva. The most amazing fact about this temple is that unlike other temples alcohol is served as Prasad. This is located in backdrop of Purana Qila which was said to be the abode of the Pandavas at certain period of time.
Krishnabai temple, Mahabaleswar
Built on a hill overlooking the Krishna valley the temple has a Shiv lingam and a beautiful statue of Krishna. A small stream of the river flowing from the cow-mouth falls on the water tank. The stone columns and ceilings are intricately carved. The temple is in ruins and is generally not visited much. This is said to be built by the Pandavas.
Mukteshwar Temple, Pathankot
This cave temple is said to be built by the Pandavas which is 5250 Years old. They had built this during their 12th Year of Aranyavas.
The Panch Kedar temples
were built by the Pandavas after an encounter of them with Lord Shiva.
Mythology says that once when they were travelling up the hill they met a bull which was actually an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Shiva did so since he was upset with them regarding their killing of innocent people in Mahabharata. When the Pandavas doubted him of being Shiva, they chased the bull. The bulls body was then found as five pieces which they later converted into temples.
• Tungnath is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) were seen.
• Hump was seen at Kedarnath
• Head appeared at Rudranath
• His navel and stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheshwar
• His jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar