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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

Then there were small groups of the priestly class who began to enter Kerala in increasing numbers 1from the fifth century onwards. They succeeded in persuading the royalty to conduct ritual sacrifices for longevity and victory in war. They thus won the moral! Support and allegiance of the rulers. They also made, them believe that protection of the Brahmins was an act of virtue on their part.

The increased influx of Aryans had its impact on the religious and cultural fields as vvell at a time when Jainism land Buddhism started declining. The new Aryan missionaries devoted all their attention to propaganda against Jainism and Buddhism whose hold on the people was a stumbling block to their ideological pursuits. They even resorted to iconoclasm of Buddhist images and
Viharas.

At the same time the Nambudiris filled the land with Hindu temples which by there fixed times of worship enforced a wholesome discipline in the daily life of the People. In fact it has been rightly said "the temple, as an institution was an Aryan gift to South India." Several temple arts and festivals were instituted to attract; devotees. The worship of Hindu gods and goddesses like Vishnu, Siva, etc; were made popular.
 
 

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