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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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THE GODDESS WHO HAS PERIODS

At Taliparambu the head fell, at Chengannur, the yoni mandala or the female reproductive organ, which explains why the Devi gets her monthly periods here. It is significant that at both these places the image of Siva is Swayambhu or self-born. -

It is also believed that the image of Bhagavati is that of Kannaki whose husband, Kovalan, was executed by the, Pandya king on a false charge of theft of the queen's anklet, foisted upon him by the royal goldsmith. In her anger Kannaki plucked off her left breast and hurled it at the city of Madurai, which began at once to burn.

She thus came to Chenkunnu in Kerala and did penance under a tree. Kovalan appeared before her in a vimana and took her to heaven. Deeming her to be an incarnation of Kali or Mother Goddess, Senkuttuvan, a Chera king, went north and brought a stone from the Himalayas to be set up as her - image. It was consecrated as "ChengamalavaIli" with great pomp and ceremony. Thus Chengannur finds mention in Silappadikaram composed by Ilango Adikal who was none other than the brother of Senkuttuvan. '

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The Chegannur Bhagawati temple-The Goddess here has periods

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