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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
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

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Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

INTRODUCTION

It was probably Kunchan Nambiar who first drew pointed attention to the evils that were creeping into the Nair society. And it was left to Chattampi Swamikal) tackle them. He worked in close co-operation with Sri Narayana Guru 'in the common cause of Hindu social and religious regeneration. He called upon his own fellow castemen to raise them and become an example other communities.

Sri Narayana Guru's reforms were more elaborate. He realized that temples were necessary for the average man and as the Izhavas and Thiyyas were not admitted to the temples of higher castes, he himself consecrate shrines in several parts of Kerala for the worship of Izhavas and permitted entry into them for Pulayas and other low castes, considered inferior to the Izhavas on the social scale. He advocated  Intermarriages between the various castes as the best means of evolving a casteless
society. In 1904 he founded the Sri Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangham to spread his gospel of "One Caste, One religion and One God."

Traditionally Kerala is associated with the charming myth of Parashurama, the avatar of Vishnu, who perform penances to atone for his sin of having killed his Mother and the Great God rewarded the devotee for his austerities by reclaiming Kerala from the depths of the sea. According to legend, it was Parashurama who brought Brahmins to Kerala from the Aryan north and gave them land. 

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