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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
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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
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TIRUVANGAD PERUMAL

There is the mukhamandapam or namaskara mandapam in front of the sanctum.  On this there is Porkali Bhagawati in a wooden cage.  One of the Rajas of Kottayarn (of north Malabar and not the Kottayam of Travancore State), Vidwan Thampuran, who was a great patron of Kathakali and a composer of Attakathas, considered this Devi to be Vaageeswari, the goddess of learning and worshipped her.

There is an interesting story of the origin of this Goddess.  Once a temple priest and a Marar who was a drummer entered into a bet.  The Marar said he would bring the Devi there by playing 'pani' (ritual drumming as prescribed in the Agamas) and the priest agreed that if the goddess materialized he would immediately offer naivedyam.  The Marar did bring forth the Goddess and as the priest had no time to cook the rice he offered it in the same uncooked condition.  Even today the offering to the deity here is uncooked rice, rice merely washed in water.

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Tiruvangad Rama Temple, Tellicherry - it has unique characteristics of architecture and is a treasurehouse of sculpture and paintings
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