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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

Malayalis even take their gods wherever they go and settle. Thus you have Guruvayurappan or Ayyappa temples practically in all major cities in India and even abroad. Until a few year ago temples in Kerala even offered food 'to the devotees, especially to those belonging to the upper castes. A major event in the temple is the annual festival, which provides a special occasion for worship and opportunities for social rejoicing. Thousands turn up to watch elephants with colorful parasols and flying whisks held aloft them and to hear the playing of drums, music or participate in general  merriment like fireworks, exhibitions, etc. Vendors and hawkers too gather and do brisk business.

Thus, "a temple in Kerala", as K. P. S. Menon put it "is at once a house of prayer, a social club and a cultural centre." It plays a role in the lives of people far more vital than any other institution.

Aryanisation of Kerala

How did Kerala become a land of temples and temple worship became so popular as to acquire a place of importance in religious and cultural lives of people? It was mainly due to the Aryanisation of Kerala which reached its climax in the 8th - century A. D. with a major Brahmin influx from the North which 'Ied to the foundation of many Hindu temples with a view to popularizing Hinduism.

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