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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
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SABARIMALA

The hill-to of Ayyappa at Sabarimala -
Indigenous Deity

The advent of Dharma Sasta is unique in the annals of Hindu religion and peculiar to Kerala. Legend and history are so intermingled in the genesis of this deity that it is difficult to sift one from the other. According to some Puranas and folk songs of Kerala, He was born out of the union of 'Vishnu and Siva.

The story is that Siva was captivated by the charms of Mohini in which from Vishnu appeared at the time of churning of the Ocean of Milk in order to entice the Asuras so that the devas could divide the nectar among themselves. Siva succumbed to the beauty of Mohini and Sasta is believed to have been born out of the union.

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