Sreekanteswaram is known for the temple of Lord Shiva.There is another temple by the name "Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram" near Overbridge,Trivandrum.In the 'Mathilakam' records (documents relating to administration of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple,Thiruvananthapuram) there is reference about this temple.In this temple, the 2 main deities are Lord Shiva and Lord Mahavishnu.
The story goes that there was an old sweeper maid who used to work in Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple.After the day's work,the tired old maid used to take rest under the shade of a tree near her hut.She would keep the broom and the pot called "Kalayakkudam" near the tree.One day it so happened that after her rest, she tried to lift the pot but it would not move!! So she tried to break the pot using a stone.To her great shock she found that the pot was bleeding profusely!! It is believed that Lord Shiva gave darshan to the old lady.On further enquiry, it was confirmed to be 'SWAYAMBHU SHIVA LINGA'.The king inspected the spot and orderd to build a new Shiva Temple there which in the later years become the famous Sreekanteswaram Temple.This temple must be at least 700 years old.
Hundreds of devotees worship at Sreekanteswaram Temple every day.The main idol faces east.The sacred temple pond is seen on the eastern side.Sree Mahaganapathy, Sree Dharmasastha,Sree Nagaraja,Sree Murukan,Sree Anjaneya and Sree Krishna are also worshipped in this glorious temple.Although the "Sreekoil"(Sanctum Sanctorum) is very small,divine presence is strongly felt.
Sreekanteswaram Temple is conveniently located at 3 km from Trivandrum Central Railway Station and KSRTC Bus Stand and 1 km from Sree padmanabha Swami Temple.