Where is the Shakuni temple of Mahabharata in India?

It is believed that without Shakuni, this terrible bloody war like Mahabharata would not have taken place. The pages of history bear witness to his cunning tricks, so he is seen as a villain in Mahabharata. But one would be surprised to know that where only heroes are given prominence as symbols of auspiciousness, villains are also given equal status. This is seen in South India where 'Gandhara Raja Shakuni' is worshipped. '.

The Shakuni temple is located at Pavitraeshwaram in Mayamkottu in Kollam district of Kerala. The temple is maintained by the Kuruba community. According to legend, they are descendants of the Kauravas. Pavitraeshwaram is the place where weapons were distributed among the Kauravas before the battle of Kurukshetra. Here devotees regularly worship Shakuni with pieces of coconut and silk and thadi. However, Shakuni is not worshiped here in any idol or portrait but is worshiped in a crown. According to the story told in Mahabharata, before the war of Kurukshetra, uncle Shakuni traveled all over India with his nephew Kauravas. At that time, he worshiped Shiva at that place in Kollam district of Kerala and got a boon. In that context, Shakuni's temple was built at that place.

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