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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

Onam Festival

The Trikkakara temple dedicated to Vamana, the fifth incarnation of Vishnu, was founded and renovated in 604 A.D. The Edapalli (a small kingdom in the vicinity of Cochin) chiefs were its priests. On account of their sambandham or marriage alliance with the princesses of Perumpadappu Swarupam or Cochin Royal House annual Onam festival in the month of Chingom (August- September) became important for these royal But in the 15th century the relations between families were strained as a result of which the Perumpadappu chiefs allied them - selves with the Zamorin.

Thereafter the festival became important for the Zamorin's family. In course of time the temple got endowments from every part of Kerala. In ancient Kerala it was the duty of the temple tenants, to whatsoever religion or caste they might belong, to attend its annual festival. Those living far away celebrated the festival in their own homes if they could not be present at Trikkakara. Thus the Trikkakara festival became the national Onam festival. Onam is still celebrated as the national festival of Kerala but not in the manner described above.
 
 

 

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