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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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Somanatha

THE GODDESS WHO HAS PERIODS

There are other shrines in Kerala like Thirumandamkunnu, Kodungallur and Panayannar kavu where the main Pratishta is Siva but the importance is for Bhagavati. How does one account for this?   This writer met octogenarian Balakrishna Varrier that had served the temple as an attendant for forty years Explaining the phenomenon he half-jokingly asked me "Have you heard it said that Siva becomes. Sava (corpse) without his consort, Uma 'Then he quoted the firs sloka of Saundarya Lahiri:

"Siva saktya yukto yadi bhavati saktahprabha vidtum

na chedevam devo nakhalu kusalah spanditumapi

Atastwamaradhyam Hari Hera virinchadibhi rapi

pranantum stotum va kathamkritapunyah Prabhavati."

 

 

 

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The Chegannur Bhagawati temple-The Goddess here has periods

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