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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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THE TEMPLES OF PADMANABHA

Majestic Form

Overawed by the majesty and the size of the divine form which manifested itself before him, the Sanyasi prayed that the Lord condense himself in size so that it would be possible for him to see Him within his limited field vision and offer puja. Accordingly, Shagawan Vishnu shrank in size and ordained that pujas to Him should be conducted by Tulu Brahmins from the same part of the country from, where Divakara Muni hailed. To this day half the number or pujaris in this temple continue to be drawn from the Tulu country in Karnataka.

Another generally accepted version of the origin of the temple relates to the Vilwamangalathu Swamiyar whose name is linked with the history of several temples in Kerala. This legend is almost identical with the Divakara Muni story related above. It is said that the Swami, a great Krishna bhakta, while offering prayers to his favourite deity used to close his eyes in meditation. Once, when he did so, a child annoyed him by disarranging the articles of his worship. And when the sage opened his eyes he disappeared. Enraged at the prank, he gave a blow to the child while his eyes were closed. At this, the child who was none other than Vishnu Himself ran away saying that he could be found only in the forest of Ananta.

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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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