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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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Temples & Legends Of India
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ATEMPLE FOR RAMA AND LAKSHMANA

It is on Guruvayur Ekadasi day (November- December) that devotees undertake the ritual. On other days it is supposed to be haunted by spirits. It is full of ups and downs, stones, boulders and pits. At some places one has to kneel down and crawl. There are spots where it is pitch dark with no air and therefore suffocating. Yet hundreds of devotees cheerfully go through this ordeal, chanting the Lord's names. After coming out of the cave they take bath in several holy tirthas-Papanasini, Patala tirtha, Ambu tirtha and Kombu tirtha.

The story goes that it was Parasurama who brought the Ganges to Kerala, which is known as Bharatapuzha. Just as the Ganga has several bathing ghats, with each having a Siva temple, on the banks of Bharatapuzha there are five holy places-Tiruvilwamala, Tiruchikuzhi, Tirthala, Tirunavayi, and Tirumittakoclu. Besides there are several Vishnu-Siva temples also on either side. What is Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi isTiruvilwamala to Bharatapuzha.

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