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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

Dravidian deities were transformed and absorbed into the Hindu pantheon. Thus the Dravidian Goddess Kottavai became Durga, Kali and Bhagavati. The popular non-Aryan deity Sasta came to be looked upon as  Hariharaputra, the son of Vishnu (Hari) and Siva (Hara), in order to make Him acceptable not only to the Saivite and Vaishnavite sections of the Hindu population but also to the converts to Hinduism from within the Buddhist fold.

Bhakti Movement

It was during the period of Kulasekharas of the second Chera empire (800-1102 AD) - the golden age of ancient Kerala - that Hinduism made spectacular progress. This was due to the Bhakti movement
in the 9th century and to the teachings of Sankaracharya (788-820 A.D.). As already stated, the Bhakti movement was led by Saiva Nayanars like Appar and Sambandar and the Vaishnava, Alwars, likeThirumalisai and’ Tirumangai, who toured the land,  findling the religious fervor of the masses by their Bhajan or devotional parties and processions.

Of the sixty-three Nayanars, Viralminda (also called Viramainter) and Cheraman Perumal, and- of the twelve, Alwars, Kulasekhara belonged to Kerala. We shall discuss briefly the life and work of these Kerala savants in the propagation of the Bhakti cult,which provided the real impetus to the temple - building activity in Kerala.

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