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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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THE TEMPLE FOR SERPENTS

The Priestess

The priestess, Valiamma, the eldest female member is considered to be the bride of Nagaraja from the she assumes office. She is vowed to chastity and cease relations with her husband a Brahmin w the name of Vasuki, the mythical serpent king. a compulsorily to stay in the house in the grove. Hardly goes out and when occasionally she has to nearby relatives she must return to her illam before sunset. 

There are, however, certain days and occasions when male priests perform the pujas. On other days it is Valiamma who performs it. She alone can carry the image of serpents in procession. Again she alone has the right to the collar in the illam where the guardian serpent dwells. The illam itself is considered a temple and should under no circumstances be polluted.

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