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Siva Temples In Kerala
Index Trivandrum
Chengannur Ettamanur
Vaikom Kozikode Tali
Taliparamba Guruvayur
Trissur Kottayam
Kuduthuruthi Trippakudam
Kottarakkara Ernakulam
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Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
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Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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CHENGANNUR - MAHADEV AMBALAM

This is a holy ambalam, whose glory is celebrated both in history and legends. It is sanctified by the eternal presence of Siva and Parvathi in a sacred ambalam, built on a vast six-acre land, and deemed one of the biggest of its kind by Kerala standards. It has a massive prakara and a tall three-tiered tower over the Gateway, facing east. Its architectural beauty is of high order and detains the visitors with beauty. Crossing the Mahadwara; when proceeded further, you see the Anakottal -- elephant shed. Next comes Kuttambalam in front of which lies the tall, brass plated flag staff; then Balikalpura leading to the imposing Mukhamantap. Finally the circular Srikoil enshrining the image of Lord Siva in the front, facing the east and Mother Parvathi facing west, just behind, in the same garbhagriha at it, but seperated by a wall with passage. This is one of the distinctive features of the temple that marks it out from the rest of the temples found anywhere in India. The roofing covered with copper plates is quite vast and beautiful, sloping steeply downwards. The outer- walls, the wooden pillars of Srikoil and the eastern mandapam are adorned with wood carvings, and the craftsmanship is so exquisite and impressive that Marthanda Varma, the famous builder of Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Ambalam employed all of them for his ambalam after visiting this temple for worship. Their skill is superb and the pouranic stories they carved are life-like in expressions, style and design.

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