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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

Offering of uruli

A unique offering here is offering of uruli, a small bell metal vessel, by childless couple. In this manner many couples are believed to have been blessed with children. The vessel offered is kept prayerfully by the couple, before the sanctum, which is later removed by Valiamma to her illam and kept in a room. Hundreds of such vessels have piled up here, kept over the years.

There is a story about the origin of this offering. Once an elderly woman who had no issue came to the temple. She had no hope of getting a child at her age. Yet she prayed for a child. She also heard that the then Priestess of the temple also had given birth to a child al a late age. She informed the priestess about her desire and the latter gave her prasad. She also offered food to the woman in a small uruli.

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