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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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 A TEMPLE FOR BHARATA

It is this Bharata anxiously and devotedly awaiting the return of Rama from exile that is conceived as the deity of the Kutalmanikyam temple at Irinjalakuda.  The attitude is that of a much-relieved and happy Bharata just learning from Hanuman that Rama with his friends, the Vaanara warriors and Vibhishna were already on their way to Ayodhya.

Kutalmanikyam is probably the only temple dedicated to Bharata in the whole of India. It is believed that Hanuman is even today present in the temple kitchen.  One person, the belief, can lift even huge vessels in which naivedyams are cooked being that Hanuman gives a helping hand from the other side.  Incidentally, there is no upadevata in this temple, not even Vighneswara usually found in almost all temples.

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