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Temples And 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 And Legends of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

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Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES OF PADMANABHA

"Beyond this magnificent corridor or covered walk is the flagstaff of gold which is about 80 feet in height and circular in shape, holding at the top Garuda, the God's favourite riding bird. South of this flagpost and connected with the corridor is the Kulasekhara mandapa, containing most impressive stone sculptures of the early eighteenth century.

"Between the flagstaff and the inner shrine is the space containing the altar. The inner shrine is rectangular in shape and consists of two stories and is ornamented with gables, unessential characteristic of the Kerala style Of temple architecture. Outside the inner shrine, but within the enclosures, there are smaller shrines dedicated to Krishna, Kshetrapala, Sasta, Narasimha, Vyasa, Siva, Ganesha, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and others.

"The outer walls of the central shrine are covered with mural paintings recently renovated depicting various scenes from the Puranas. The central shrine, with the halls and mandapas inside, are enclosed by a rectangular structure on the outside of which columns of lamps of brass (vilakkumatam) are fixed."

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Sri Padmnanabha Swami Temple, the main land mark in Trivendram--Ablend of indegenous style and Dravidan architecture.

About Sri Padmanabha

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