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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

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Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

INTRODUCTION

Fortunately for them now exponents of Bhakti cult emerged on the scene. The foremost among them was Tunchat Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam literature, whose devotional works such as Adhyatma Ramayanam, Mahabharatam, Harinama - kirtanam, etc., preached to the common people the doctrine of selfless devotion and surrender to God in the form of Vishnu. As K. V. Krishna Ayyar puts it: "The age of Love and Romance came to an end with the arrival of the Portuguese and with Tunchat Ramanuja Ezhuthachan who lived in the 16th century began the age of devotion in Malayalam literature."

Poet-Saints

The 16th century also produced two other poet-saints who made their valuable contribution to the growth the Bhakti cult. They were Mappathur Narayana Bhattatiri (1559-1625) and Puntanam. Nambudiri (1547-1640). Moppathur wrote his famous Narayaniyam sitting on the mandapa in front of Lord Krishna of Guruvayur and praying to Him to cure him of his rheumatism. Ad cured he was on the day he finished the hundredth and last dasaka on December 7, 1586. 

 
 

 

 

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