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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

All this leads us to presume that, in the early epochs, there was only Siva, just a Sivalinga, as in the period of the Indus Valley Civilization. We have no idea as to how old this Sivalinga is.

Majestic Idol

The earliest mention of Kurambakavu, by which name also Kodungallur temple is known, is in the 14th century Sanskrit work, Kokasandesa. The following lines translated by Shri V. T. Induchudan and quoted in his book, The Secret Chamber, almost describes the present image of Kali in the temple.

Thou should go and behold

Sri Kurambakavu standing.

In the midst of flowers filled with

honey and black beatles

Hovering over them

There preside Mahakali.

The flame of whose tongue

Ploughs through the sea.

They worship Kali as tall as the sky

The beautiful white canines protruding

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