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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 TEMPLES OF PADMANABHA

The vetta (hunt) and arattu (immersion) processions held twice a year at Trivandrum represent the universal truth that a spectacle will be complete only if the actors and the audience are brought together. Though they have not reached the dimensions of the Dasara pro cession at Mysore, they, in the words of J. H. Cousins, " exalt the simple movement of walking from one place to another into an art-ritual by acting on the art-principle that a spectacle without a spectator is misnomer, and by unifying the mover and the looker on in a symbolical significance that concerns both them".... The two processions are two phases of on i transaction that is full of universal truth expressed with impressive art."

The idea is Vishnu as the protector of the universe sets out to hunt and destroys the demon of destructiveness. The vetta procession simulates the progress of Vishnu to the point when he runs the demon to earth in a forest. The climax of the myth takes place at a spot in front of the Sundaravilasam Palace in Trivandrum fort, where two hundred years ago, an attack, happily unsuccessful, was made on the life of Maharaja Marthanda Varma, whose devotion to the Lord found unique expression in his dedication of the state to Lord Padmanabha.

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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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