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Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
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Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
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CHOTTANIKARA

Origin

According to the Sthala purana the place where the temple stands today was once a dense forest inhabited by tribals. Among them was a notorious dacoit by name Kannappan. He struck terror among people by his ruthless acts. One day he brought home a cow intent on slaughtering it for food. To his utter consternation it tore itself free and escaped into the jungle. He tried to trace it but failed.

He returned home disappointed when lo! He saw the same cow being caressed by his fond daughter would not allow him to kill it. Subsequently she herself, who was his only hild, died. Wisdom and enlightenment dawned upon Kannappan. He lost interest in things mundane and turned his thoughts towards god. 

 

 

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