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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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THE TEMPLE OF SRI PADMANABHA

Scenes from Puranas

Various other Puranic scenes and figures are also depicted with scrupulous finish: Markandeya embracing Siva, Krishna playing on the flute with the Gopis dancing the incarnation of Vishnu as Vamana (dwarf), Kaliyamardhana (Krishna trampling on the serpent, Kaliya), various scenes from the Ramayana such as the presentation of Rama and Lakshmana to Vishwamitra, the departure of Rama with his brother and wife to the forest, the abduction of Sita, the fight with Bali, Hanuman setting Lanka on fire and the fight with Ravana. The story of the Bhagavata is also depicted in small reliefs. Then there are trees, bushes, animals and birds such as parrots, squirrels and monkeys, all carved with remarkable life and grace.3

From time immemorial, the temple is considered one of the important Vaishnavite centres of pilgrimage. In Padma Purana there is reference to the temple of Anantasayanam, where the Lord Vishnu is having his yoganidra i.e. where he is lying on the serpent Ananta. It is also mentioned with Mathura, Venkatadri etc., as one of the well-known Vishnu Tirthas.


3 Sculpture in Kerala by R.V.Poduval, The Arts and Crafts of Kerala, Cochin.

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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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