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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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THE FIERCE LORD OF ETTUMANUR

A unique sight on the eighth and tenth day of the festival at Ettumanur is the exposition of the seven and half elephants of gold - Ezhara ponnana. These elephants were offered to the deity by the then ruler of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, as atonement for the destruction of temple property caused ' in his campaign to annexe territory after territory. These were made of gold weighing seven and half thulams (one thulam 28 lbs.). Each of the seven elephants is two feet high and the remaining one is of one feet only-hence they are together called seven and half elephants. They are supposed to represent the guardians at the eight points (Ashtadikpalas).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mahadeva temple, Ettumanur-the Lord Siva here is said to possess fierce aspect
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