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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

The legend of slaying of Daruka is peculiar to Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Elsewhere it is the demon Mahishasura whom Durga killed. When Kamsa tried to kill the daughter of Yasoda presuming that she was born to Devaki the girl escaped from his hand and flew towards the sky, giving a warning that a boy had already been born to kill him. She was none other than Durga, also called Kali or Mahakali. In the course of the Mahabharata war, on the advice Of Krishna, Arjuna prays to Durga for easy victory. Here she is called Kumari, Kapali, Kapila, Bhadrakali and Chandi.

As there are different idols, their descriptions from text to text - some say Durga has four arms, sixteen and so on. One of the local songs describes Goddess of Kodungallur as the Kali of Kurambakavu name has stuck. Even here we do not have a do description of her form. It is casually mentioned she carried a sword in her right arm and a Kapala in her left.

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