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A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
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Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
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Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
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A TEMPLE FOR KANNAKI

The theme of Silappadikaram is well known. At the time of the story, South India was divided into three kingdoms, Chola, Pandya and Chera. The incidents connected with this great romance start in the Chola Empire continue in the Pandyan kingdom and end in the Chera Empire.

At Pukar, the capital of the Chola Empire, there were two merchants. The beautiful daughter of one-Kannaki and the handsome son of the other-Kovalan--got married. At the same time, there was a young and beautiful dancer, named Madhavi. Kovalan somehow fell for her and he lived with her forgetting his own wife, Kannaki, for a while.

In due course they were, however, estranged. Kovalan returned to his faithful wife, Kannaki. But he was penniless, having lost all his riches during his life with Madhavi.

 

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