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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
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

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Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES OF PADMANABHA

Thus the famous arattu procession takes place on the 10th day of the Utsavam in the late afternoon. The images of Sri Padmanabha, Krishna and Narasimha are carried out from the temple along the three-mile road to the edge of the vast Arabian sea, at Sankhumukham, escorted by members of the princely family and armed Police contingents, with temple accessories. At sunset, as per custom and tradition handed down through centuries, the deities are ritually bathed in the sea after appropriate pujas. An illuminated procession escorts the purified' images back to the temple.

The two processions are perhaps the most exoteric in symbolizing spectacularly the triumph of good over evil, the extirpation of that which obstructs the spiritual life and the attainment of purification and peace through the destruction of the passions. And if the temple is a rePresentation of the cosmos, such ceremonials, carried out through the art of symbolical presentation, anticipate the final withdrawal of the external universe into the being of Brahma. Indeed, as Cousins concludes, "Assuredly art has no profounder impulse or vision."

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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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