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The Kovils Of Kerala
Index Author
Invocation Introduction
Tiruvananthapuram Bhagawathi Of Chengannur
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimalai Lord Siva Of Ettamanur
Annadana Prabhu Of Vaikom Mother Raja Rajeswari Of Chottanikara
Mother Kali Of Kodungallur Kutalamanikyam
Sri Rama's Temple - Triprayar Sri Vadakkunathan Of Trichar
Gurupavanapura The Kozhikode Tali
Tiruvil Wamala Lord Raja Rajeswara Of Taliparamba
Lord Krishna Of Trichambram Tiruvangad Perumal Temple
Major Sections
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
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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LORD SIVA OF ETTAMANUR

It is on this occasion alone the Ezhra Ponnanai - the seven and a half gold elephant darsan is made available. The golden elephants numbering seven and a half weighing exactly 210 lbs each were donated to the Anzham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, ruler of Tranvancore as an act of atonement for destroying the temple property during his military campaign. 

Each of the seven is two feet high and the last is one foot only. Hence the name Ezhara Ponnanai, and they are acting as the guardians at the eight points. The oddity of making seven and a half became expedient on account of the tradition followed in the temple. 

If eight full elephants were to be made, they would go to Ettonnesseri Illom - the groups of priests. So only seven and a half an elephant was made to endow them to the temple. The temple when compared with many others is very rich in owning many costly jewels, worth some crores.

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