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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
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
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A TEMPLE FOR RAMA AND LAKSHMANA

Thus both Vigrahams facing east and west are of Mahavishnu. Aamalaka Maharshi used to chant Rama's names while doing tapas on the west side, Hence people praying here also uttered Rama nama and worshipped the deity as Sri Rama. Consequently the idol on the east side came to be regarded as Lakshmana, Rama's brother and life-breath.

Foremost among Rama temples

Among the three famous temples dedicated to Sri Rama in Kerala, Tiruvilwamala is the foremost, the image here being self-born. The other two temples are Triprayar near Trichur and Tiruvangad in North Kerala. Similarly there are only a few temples for Lakshmana in India lot alone in Kerala. There is one temple at Vennimala some 8 km. away from Kottayam. But it is not as well known as Tiruvilwamala.  To the south of the sanctums is the little Ganapati shrine, which faces east. Outside the temple and down below on the southern side a flight of stone steps lead to the shrine of Hariharaputra or Ayyappa installed on the same pedestal as Siva and Parvati.

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The two Srikoils of Tiruvilvamala, dedicated to Sri Rama and his brother Lakshmana
About Rama And Lakshmana
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