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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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Maharastra
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Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

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Somanatha

THE TEMPLE OF SRI PADMANABHA

The political side meant keeping the Nambudiris an also the barons and the landlords of the subdued kingdom in good humor. The festival turned out to be a veritable extravaganza. Hundreds of Brahmins were given 'Sadya’ or feast on such a grand style which could do proud to any king. The plantain leaves in which food was served were four to five feet long and the items served a score and half and as many helpings as a man could take. And above all the Brahmins were lavished with gifts. The 56-day murajapam culminated in Laksha Deepam-the festival of a hundred thousand lights-on the auspicious day of Makara Sankranti (mid-January). There are two half-yearly "Bhadradeepam" ceremonies and when' twelve such had been performed, a murajapam and Lakshadeepam are conducted.

The entire gopuram and other parts of the temple lit up in myriad lamps presented a spectacular sight. Time was when all the hundred thousand were oil lamps, which surged with life and weaved endless patterns in the waters of the temple tank - Padmathirtha. But today, thanks to the straitened circumstances, the lifeless multicolored electric bulbs substitute oil lamps. But, all the same, the old charm is there-the gaiety, the fun, the festive colors and the jostling crowds.

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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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