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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 HISTORIC TALI TEMPLE

Battle of Wits

Only two of the many questions which Uddanda put to the Kerala prodigy Kakkasseri Bhaitatiri and his ready answers have come, down to us. Once the veteran Uddanda accosted the young aspirant with the words Aakaro hrsvah which would mean either the long a is short, or you are short in stature. At once came the reply: Nahi, Nahi, aakaro dirghah, akaro hrsvah-No, No, the long a is long, it is the short a that is short.

Another question: Tava mata pativrataa, your mother was a devoted wife to her wedded Lord. It is obviously impossible to contradict it without impugning the mother's honor. But Kakkasseri was neither embarrassed nor appalled; he boldly contradicted it, thus revealing his profound knowledge of Vedic marriage rite. "Nahi, nahi," he said, "soma was her first husband, Gandharva, the next, Agni, the third and the one born of man (his father) was the fourth (Rig. Veda Vill, iii, 27.5). Uddanda was thrilled and hugged the young scholar in joy. 

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The historic Tali temple at Calicut, redolent of some glorious chapters in the history of old kerala
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