temples of Kerala, barring a few, form a class by themselves. They are to be distinguished
not only for their unique architecture but for the rituals practiced in them which are
sometimes different from the Agamas followed ii-i the rest of South India. They are,
intimately connected with the life of the people and even the influence of Marxism has not
been able to weaken their connection.
The rise of Brahminism, after a few centuries of Buddhism and
Jainism, gave an impetus to the building of temples in this land. The vedic religion was
infused with new life under Sankaracharya, the great Advaita philosopher, and later with
the rise of the bhakti movement. In the process was created a rich heritage of unique
temples which have attracted world attention for their wood carvings and architectural
style resembling domestic dwellings.
Shri K. R. Vaidyanathan, retired Senior Commercial Officer,
Central Railway, is well known to readers through his earlier works, Sri Krishna, The Lord
of Guruvayur and Pilgrimage to Sabari. He has selected about 25 important temples of
Kerala for detailed description in this book bringing out their origin, color ful legends,
architecture, the elaborate rites, customs and festivals.