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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
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLE OF SRI PADMANABHA

It is architecturally the most notable of temples Kerala with both; he indigenous style and the features of Dravidian architecture harmoniously blended 'knows when this temple was built-one legend traces it back to 3000 B.C. An engraved inscription in Sanskrit and Malayalam characters on the base of the mandapa inside reveals that the temple was reconstructed from Vimana down and the work started in 1729 A.D. Indeed, most of what is seen today within the temple walls attributed to Marthanda Varma, the maker of modern Travancore, referred to above, which entitles him to the first place among the royal devout.

Even before he became King in 1729, he had made plans for reconstructing the temple. When he came to the throne he put these works under way personally supervising much of it. Notable among these works were reconstruction of the sanctum sanctorum and the replacement of the old, recumbent wooden idol of Sri Padmanabha with a new one, fashioned out of 1200 'shalagrams' which were specially brought down for the purpose and molded into shape with a particular kind of mortar made of Kadusarkara, a
compound of lime and granite covered with the paste of molasses and mustard.

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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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