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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 imperial Cheras were noted for their devotion. Imaiyavarampan, one of the earliest kings who reigned for fifty-eight years, filled the land with temples and shrines. His younger brother Palyanai who succeeded him worshipped the Vedic gods. The most celebrated among the Chera Kings was Senkuttuvan who prayed to Siva and Vishnu and above all deified Kannaki as Kodungallur Amma or the guardian mother of Kodungallur and of the empire of which it was the capital.

Many of these ancient shrines are in ruins today, thanks to the depredations of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. But the Bhagawati temple continues to remain the most permanent memorial to Senkuttuvan's 55-year reign. His elder brother, llango Adikal, in the celebrated Tamil epic, describes the consecration of the temple, Silappadikaram composed by him.

 

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