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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

Devotion prompted the chiefs of Kerala not only to build temples but also serve the Lord by associating themselves with the management of temples of others as purakoyma or kovil adhikari. The chiefs of Perumpadappu (of Cochin) were once the purakoyma of the Vaikom temple in
Travancore. Whatever the difficulties, seldom did a chief decline to accept the offer of a purakoyma. Ambition also had led the rulers to become controlling authorities of famous temples as we have seen in the case of Tirunavay in the rulers Vying with one another to secure the right to preside over the ceremonies.

A large number of temples in Kerala were sovereign states with a well-defined territory called sanketan and well-defined organs of government. The area under the temples ranged from a few acres to hundreds of square miles as in the case of the Padmanabhaswami temple at Trivandrum. The deity was the head in such temple states. Everything was done in the name of the Lord or of His auspicious asterism. The Lord had his own human representative in the yogathirippad and He kept himself informed of the day -  to-day affairs of His state, I so to speak, by having the Tirthola or holy palm-leaf showing the daily income and expenditure, read out in His before the temple was closed at night. 
 

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