Azhimala in Vizhinjam (The new seaport) Thiruvananthapuram is a picturesque, idyllic hamlet dotted with fishing boats and an ambiance reverberating with palpable divinity. The main attraction here is the 58 feet tall Lord Shiva statue at the Rangadeeswara temple. The statue was unveiled for the public a few months ago, and its pictures and videos have gone viral. It is the tallest Shiva statue in Kerala. The man behind the statue is Mr. Devaduttan, who has toiled for more than six years to complete it. The statue has since then been attracting a steady stream of visitors. I went there to have a closer look, and though the sun is scorching, the cool breeze in the shade of the statue was refreshing. The crowds were thin because of the pandemic, and I have managed to interview the sculptor himself. He tells me that he loves Lord Shiva with all humility and the statue is his way of expressing it. Go and see the statue and come back with a sense of peace within your soul. Vizhinjam now is not just a port but a center of attraction for Lord Shiva. Get blessed!
PS: No restriction in dress code, unlike Padmanabha Swamy temple! Enough car parking is available