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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

On the other hand the Bhajan parties led by the Saiva Nayanars and the Vaishnava Alwars who went from place to place, chanting the Lord Is name and singing and dancing in ecstatic joy attracted them.
Buddhism and Jainism thus lost their appeal to the masses. While Jainism did hardly leave any impress on Kerala society, Buddhism was absorbed in Hinduism in respect.of some of its ceremonies and forms of worship. 

The images, processions and Utsavam, etc., associated with popular worship in present - day Hindu temples in Kerala are said to be a legacy of Buddhism. Even the chakiyar kuttu 'conducted in temples is said to be an adaptation of the Buddhist monk's religious exposition.

Impact of Aryanisation

Now we come to Aryanisation of Kerala, which also began in the 3rd century B.C. following the advent of Jains and Buddhists. It was a slow but steady progress resulting in far-reaching changes, in all spheres of human activity. The Aryan immigrants who were generally Brahmins and who stabilized themselves as the Nambudiris of Kerala were of two typos. There were those who had taken up small trades and practically settled down in Kerala. 
 

 

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