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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

INTRODUCTION

Of Kerala temples, Stella Kramrisch once wrote:"In this beauteous,bountiful country, between sea and mountains, green in the density of high trees and fertile land, the temples - 2,200 are in worship - are part of
the scene". To an average Malayali, the day begins with a bath in the temple tank. He makes a dash to the temple with the mundu, still wet and circumambulates the deity, chanting the Lord's name. With his forehead, chest and arms smeared with ashes and sandal paste he emerges into the workaday world with the feeling that the day has begun well for him.

Indeed, despite the influence of Marxism and the philosophy, of materialism, the gods and goddesses in Kerala seem more real than elsewhere. Malayali life is intimately associated with temples. All the time they invoke the names of popular deities like Guruvayurappan or Ayyappa. in times of trouble - which is unfortunately very often --they turn to their deities for relief and succour. The gods are even called to witness events like marriage, annaprasanam (feeding ceremony of the child) or any other important occurrence in the family.

Author - K.R. Vaidyanathan

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