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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
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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
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CHOTTANIKARA

Some other Nambudiris gathered and a prasnam was held in which it was revealed that the stone be worshipped as Devi and the adjoining one as Vishnu and both together as Lakshmi Narayana. The spot where the goddess appeared first is the present Pavizhamallithara on the south side of the temple.

It was Edathu Nambudiri who built a shrine, performed pooja and administered the temple for several years. Later some trustees took over. The celebrated Kakkasseri Bhattatiri who defeated the equally celebrated Uddanda Sastri in a wordy duel was one of the trustees. They appointed one Ayinakad Nambudiri of Kurumbranad in North Malabar as Manager. But he became so much engrossed in his devotion to the Bhagawati that he forgot even to maintain the accounts regularly. During the mandalam (November- December) when the trustees assembled to perform the customary Eswara seva, they, as usual, asked the manager to produce the accounts which he could not. They were naturally enraged and were contemplating action against the defaulter. But the Devi came to the rescue of the embarrassed Ayinakad. An unknown voice was heard: "I am satisfied with the devotion of Ayinakad more than his accounts." From this date Ayinakad himself became a trustee.

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