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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

The present Valiamma, according to one account, is about 77 years old. ' She is said to have been married at the age of 14, two years after the arrival at her husband's house her mother-in-law, the then Valiamma, died and consequently she, being the eldest female member, had to assume office. Since then she has been leading a chaste life serving the family deity. A saintly woman, she exudes piety and inspires awe among innumerable devotees who daily visit the temple.

The annual utsavarn at this temple is celebrated on Ayilyam of Thulam (October- November) when a large, number of people visit it and make offerings of gold, silver, salt, etc. On this day the serpent gods, are taken in procession to the illam of Valiamma and offerings of neerum palum (milk and water), flour, turmeric and boiled rice are made.

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