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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 VADAKKUNNATHAN TEMPLE

Just outside the western gopuram there is a peepal tree with a paved platform, which is called "Sreemoolasthanam." It is believed it was at this spot that Parasurama, after consecrating the deities of the temple, met the Nambudiri Brahmins, the traditional priests of Kerala temples, and handed over charge of the temple to them and disappeared.

There is an interesting story told in this connection. Before disappearing himself Parasurama had told the Nambudiri Brahmins that if they met with any serious difficulty they could observe a certain ritualistic fasts and invoke his presence and he would come to their aid. Several years passed. Once the Nambudiris thought that they should conduct a test to see if Parasurama would appear again before them.

 

 

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Three main shrines of Vadakkunnathan temple at Trichur, Siva, Krishna and Sankaranarayana
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