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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

Specialty of Kerala Temples

In sum, what is special about Kerala temples, which have started attracting world attention for the unique architectural style and forms, which many in India are not even aware of? Writes Ronald Bernier:  "Firstly, Kerala temples emphasize horizontal movement as symbolic of the path toward truth. The temple is not a mountain, although it is built around an axis. Its enshrined ‘engine’, a holy power in the form of a sculpture or symbol from which energy and goodness radiate activates it. 

Mighty as it is, a figural image at the centre of the womb may smile in benevolent, friendly acceptance. Perhaps Kerala's is the most houselike of all the divine dwellings in India. Its materials are natural and clearly earth-derived. The monument touches the masses in terms of earthly experience rather than of the worldly grandeur and pomp. At the same time, there is room for preciousness (why shouldn't Garuda be made of gold?) since the temple is after all a heavenly abode.
 
 
 
 

 

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