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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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A TEMPLE FOR KANNAKI

We children to whom sex was a hush-hush affair became curious and were naturally amused by these strange sexual exhibitions. We wondered how the pilgrims who observed vrata or abstention for days together before the festival and were on their way to offer prayers before the Goddess could indulge in such obnoxious things.

To this day no satisfactory explanation is offered regarding the rationale of this strange and controversial custom. It is just contended that eroticism has always been a part of Hindu religion, its literature and sculpture and that is all there is to it.

Another ritual, which we as children heard with horror, was the large-scale sacrifice of cocks in this temple during the Bharani festival. It is said that the heads of the cocks were severed by a sharp knife and blood spilt on two stones. The practice is now mercifully stopped but for these reasons the awe and wonder in which we held this unique temple never ceased. 

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