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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

This was followed by the Bhakti movement popularized by Hindu saints, who created a mental and religious stir among people culminating in Sankaracharya's Advaita,in the 9th century.

Long before the advent of Aryans, people of ancient Kerala followed Dravidian practices, which were not based on any particular religious philosophy. They worshipped totem gods and innumerable spirits inhabiting rivers, trees, hills, etc. There were local deities guarding the borders of villages and demons that  caused diseases. They propitiated them by offering food to the accompaniment of music and dancing. 

While the people were thus following Dravidian practices of worship, religions from the North, viz., Jainism, Buddhism and Brahminism entered Kerala in the centuries prior to the beginning of the Christian era.   Though these religions gradually got converts among the people, the majority still continued to observe Dravidian practices. It will be interesting to see what impact each of these religions made on the people and how the Dravidians were ultimately absorbed within the fold of Hinduism by the incoming Aryans "by a general process of social assimilation and cultural synthesis."
 
 

 

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