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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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LORD OF VAIKOM

In course of time most of the families became extinct; there are only three or four families left now. The reason for the destruction of these families is that once in the Payasam prepared for a big feast a dead snake was found. Some of the Nambudiris decided to remove the snake and serve the delicacy to the devotees. As a result many died of poison. The result was their own annihilation.

Story of Horses

Following this incident to prevent any bad effects or poisoning of food the srikoil which is kept closed during the feast is opened again and Ananda prasad served to devotees as described earlier.

In days of yore the, sea bound the West Side of Vaikom. Now the sea has receded and we have the backwaters of Vembanad. Ships used to call here, bringing horses from Arab countries. The Tamil from Pandya Desa ca 'me here to purchase the animals. The story goes that once the poet-saint of Tamil Nadu, Manikkavachakar came here to purchase horses on behalf of a Pandya king. He made his purchases according to the prescribed lakshanas and had them tethered for the night in the courtyard of the temple. Next morning he found them all turned into dogs.

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