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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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INTRODUCTION

The use of the sloping roof on wooden frames which was introduced primarily to counteract heavy rain, also lend superficial similarity with the architectural traditions of the Himalayan region, China and Far Eastern countries. Further Kerala temples are rarely higher when the coconut palms around them. Their style of architecture, though compli- cated, is never remarkable for design, elegance or magnificence of dimensions; it consists of a series of low buildings, encompassed by a strong wall; they are surrounded with groves and ianks for the refreshment and devotion of Brahmins; their site is always well chosen on the bank of a stream,or verge of a lake, embossomed in the exuberant foliage of majestic trees; nothing can be more beauti fully picturesque than their situation. **

Classic Temple

A classic temple in Kerala called Ambalam or Kshetram or sometimes tali has the srikoil or central shrine as its heart. The srikoil plan may be round, square, rectangular, oval or Apsidal (semicircular) and the temple normally faces east, though some face west and a few South. 


**Memoir of Travancore Survey, Vol. 1.
 
 

 

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