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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

He pulverizes; two whole baskets of pappadams and mixes it well with two whole baskets of bananas

and  kneads it to paste like the country cement eats all he can

leaves all he can't

The way he gorges

will make any one's gorge rise2

Then there is the sexennial murajapam ceremony, which is a major public appearance of the Malayali Brahmins Nambudiris -who came to Trivandrum from all parts of Kerala to chant prayers for the state and be feasted for 56 days. There is a history behind it and the provision of free feeding houses for Tamil Brahmins.

Marthanda Varma, a great warrior and statesman, became ruler of Travancore in 1729 A.D. He launched a campaign of territorial expansion by waging war against recalcitrant and petulant local chiefs. He annexed territory after territory, liquidating even the most powerful, "ettuveettil pillamars" and "madampimars" and, by 1750, the state extended from a tiny area near Nagercoil in the south to the backwaters of Cochin in the north.


2 A survey of Malayalam literature by K. M. George.

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

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