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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

Only in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal are major efforts being made to restore and conserve wooden architecture. In Kerala, the medieval environment of temples in wood, stone, and tile is still alive, as in Nepal, and this situation is important to the history of art in India.

"It has already been remarked that the geometric impact of Kerala temple structures, particularly their roofs, is unique. Other buildings in India make strongly geometrical visual statements - Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya, Lad Khan at Aihole, the tower of Rajarajeshwara at Tanjore-but nowhere else is the structure so straightforward and abbreviated as in Kerala. It is as if the temple iti Kerala has been distilled to its purest ingredients.

"And so the temples of Kerala, gently harmonizing with lushly forested settings, earthy in materials and scale, seem to grow naturally from the environment. A family of Hindu gods has been adopted into their new and gentle world, and the family has grown and matured into Numerous now  personalities, Similarly Kerala's own artistic identity hasdeveloped and modified through thousands of years; it is not compromised but enriched by contact with the traditions of the sub - continent as a whole. 
 

 

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