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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
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
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Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

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Somanatha

THE LORD OF GURUVAYUR

Narayaniyam contains the essence of Bhagavata. Though apparently its aim is the cure of the ills of the r resent birth, its hidden ultimate aim, like that of Bhagavata, is moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Thus the poet closes the last dasaka praying to the Lord to bless him and likewise all those who recite this hymn with "ayur-arogya-saukhyam", longevity, health and happiness here (in this world and now) and final deliverance thereafter.

Divine Healer

Like Bhattatiri who had vision of the Lord when he exclaims "Agre Pasyami" -Him I see before me, in the last dasaka, there were three other saints who were foremost in spreading the glory of Guruvayur. They were Poontanam, Vilwamangalam and Kururamma. Poontanam was not as erudite as Bhattatiri but he was the embodiment of devotion, pure and simple; he was a saint of the 'masses and his appeal was to the heart. His Jnanappana or Song of Wisdom is one of the most moving works of poetry, simple and profound at the same time.

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The temple of Sri Krishna, the lord of Guruvayur or Guruvayur or Gururvayurappan, as the deity is popularly called.
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