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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

Not only saints some of.the local Rajas also plays a prominent role in the promotion of the Bhakti cult. The most prominent of these was Prince (afterwards Zamorin) Manavedan (11595-1658), a fervent devotee of the Lord of Guruvayur Who is said to have vouchsafed a vision of Himself as a little boy playing in the temple premises. It was he who wrote the Krishnagita or Krishnattam who describes in eight cantos the story of Krishna after the model of the twelfth century Bengali
poet-saint Jayadeva's Gitagovinda. Krishnattam, literally, the dance of Krishna, is regularly staged at Guruvayur temple.

Then there was Vilwamangalam II who also figures prominently in the tradition connected with not only the Guruvayur temple but also almost every temple in Kerala. He was such an ardent devotee of Krishna that he could always see Him in his mystic trance. It was he who inspired Prince Manavedan to write the Krishnagita and another King, Devanarayan, the ruler of Champakasseri and an exponent of the Bhakti cult, to consecrate another famous temple of Sri Krishna in Kerala, i.e. at Ambalapuzha in South Kerala. (See chapter 6)

Thus Guruvayur gained increasing importance as a centre of the Krishna cult during the Portuguese period.
 
 

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