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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

Still, old-timers who know the past glory of Travancore say the present-day murajapams are not even a shadow of the very first one hold in .1750 or the last full-scale one hold' in 1960.

While murajapam is still hold every six years, Uttupuras have become a thing of the past. The giant bellmetal cauldrons, which require elephants to keep them in Position over the 5 to 6 feet high ovens are still seen in the temple courtyard. Several of them, we are told, have been sold. What remain are relics of a bygone era. They remind the visitors of the pomp and grandeur in which the rituals, ceremonies and festivals were once conducted.

Today, though the Maharajas are no longer the rulers, the temple continue to be owned by the erstwhile princely family. Due to the changed circumstances, drastic economy in expenditure 'and changes in external paraphernalia and trappings and in the hereditary duties and functions of temple staff' had to be effected. Care is, however, taken to ensure that the daily rites, rituals and festivals are not affected-these are still conducted strictly according to the Agamas and Shastras.

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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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