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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

Here a pile of shrubbery stands for the forest and ai coconut represents the hiding demon. The hunt takes place at night. The approach of flickering high-held torches tells of the coming of Deity on his redemptive mission. There is no music, no conversation, anything that would raise the suspicion of the demon whose hiding place has been discovered. Then the Maharaja, the executing of the Divine Will, emerges and fires the arrow into the hiding place of the demon. Instantly the silo is broken. Evil has been destroyed. Music breaks out and the procession returns in triumph to the temple.

But the image of Vishnu cannot yet be returned to the sanctum and must remain outside the sanctuary until it is given a purificatory bath the next day. ' God, overcoming evil, has to descend to the plane of evil, and in doing so suffers defilement. The image has thus suffered symbolical pollution by the hunt and cannot resume its deific position until it is purified. Thus, to quote Cousins again - "In this universal psychological law, so applicable to human action, particularly in peace following war, a law theologized and dramatized in the vetta procession at the level of Deity, rests the necessity of arattu procession the day following the vetta."5

5 The Art of Procession, J. H. Cousins, The Arts and Crafts of Kerala, Palco, 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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