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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
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CHOTTANIKARA

Moved by compassion the Bhagawati rushed to the spot, sword in hand. The yakshi left hold of the victim and ran away. But the Mother caught her by the hair, cut her head and threw it in the southern tank. As a result the water became red like blood. This tank is therefore still called Rakthakulam (blood tank).

After the slaying of the yakshi the priest is said to have performed abhisheka and offered malar (puffed rice) naivedya. This custom still continues.

It is widely believed that this incident actually took place some two hundred years ago. There is however another version with a slight variation. According to the Nambudiri was going to Triprayar for the Pooram festival when he met a beautiful woman walking alone in the night. At the temple, it was Kalloor a great magician who met him and pointed out he was in the company of a fiendish girl.

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