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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
Himachal Pradesh




In order to identify the source of brightness, someone brought quartz (Manikyam) which was in the possession of the Raja of Kayamkulam for comparison. And lo!  When the ruby was brought near the idol it merged with it. Because of the luster of the two rubies joined together the deity came to-be known as Kutalmanikyam or rubies joined together.

The Lord of Sangama

It is also called Sangameswara or the Lord of the Sangama because lrinjaiakuda in olden days is said to have been situated at the confluence or Sangam of two rivers. The rivers have now' changed course.  Still the arattu festival of the temple is hold on the banks of the Chalakkudi river one year and the Kurumali river in the next year thereby indicating the previous connection of the deity with these rivers.

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