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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
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Temples & Legends Of India
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THE TEMPLE FOR SERPENTS

It was estimated that even over a century ago there were 15,000 serpent groves in the former Travancore and Cochin states alone. Of course there have been many additional ones erected since. One such grove is at Mannarsala, the abode of the snake king and queen, the most important serpent worship centre in Kerala. It is a small beautiful village about 3 km to the northwest of the famous Sree Subrahmanyaswami temple at Haripad.

Magnificent grove

The temple is situated in the midst of a magnificent grove covering an area of 16 acres. There are thousands of snakes of granite in this area covered with dense thickets. In the main temple there are two idols. One is of the Nagaraja or the snake king and the other of Sarpayakshi or the snake queen. On the northern side of the temple there is an illam or house whose heir is the oldest female member. She is called Nambiathy who performs puja in the temple.

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