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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
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A TEMPLE FOR KANNAKI

Brahma appeared before him and assured him that he would not be killed by man, stone or iron or by weapons during night or day. Pleased with the boons Daruka turned to go when Brahma called him and reminded him that he had not attained invincibility against women. At this Daruka laughed and said he required no special power to fight the weaker sex.

Slaying of Daruka

Daruka began to challenge the very gods. The situation thus became serious and the gods conferred together to meet the menace that was Daruka. They created six Goddesses, called Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheswari, Kaurnari, Varahi and Indrani, the respective names being inherited from the Gods who created them-Brahma, Vishnu, Mahadeva, Subrahmanya, Yama and Indra.

The six Goddesses fought Daruka but were defeated. At this moment Siva created from his third eye the Goddess Kali and sent her to kill Daruka, fully arming her with all kinds of weapons. Kali easily killed Daruka and was going back to Siva still shivering with fury. Siva became afraid of her temper and created two kids to suck her breasts. This did not pacify her fully. Siva then danced before her, which finally became a naked trance when she bowed her head.

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Kodungallur Bhagawati Temple - Where Kannaki the incarnation of kali is consecrated
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