|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.
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