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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLE FOR SERPENTS

According to tradition, the first Aryan colonists settled by Parasurama found Kerala uninhabitable. So they Ieft. Then the Nagas of the lower world came and occupied the land. When the Aryans came again they found the land occupied and waged war against the Nagas. Parasurama decided in favor of the early colonists and ordered that they should set apart a corner of their compound as an abode for the serpent gods.

It is said that the word 'Nayar' is derived from 'Naga’, because of the special adoration they paid to snakes and possibly they belonged to the Naga race who settled it the heart of the Dravidian country. As evidence of connection between the Naga and the Dravidian is the grove found in every house for snake worship.

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