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Kerala’s title God’s own country is generally attributed to the pervasive scenic beauty; we find it apt also because the legend says that Parashurama an incarnation of Vishnu raised the land out of the western ocean. Temples abound all over the State, some going back to centuries. The architecture of Kerala temples upholds certain traditions which are unique to Kerala. Only oil lamps are lit in the sanctum.

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Another distictive feature of Keralite temples is the use of vilakku maadam, or the multi-tiered brass lamps in front of temples. Lakshadeepam is a spectacular celebration of traditional lighting  where tiers of small oil lamps lining the outer walls of the inner prakaram are lit.  Temples have held an important place in the life of Keralites. Several temples in Kerala trace their origins to antiquity.

Kerala temple wall of liquid lamps that you can light on a peaceful night:)

Sarpa Kavu

In the olden days, almost all Kerala homesteads had sacred groves - known as sarpa-kavu - dedicated to the serpent Gods and goddesses.

Thrissur is known as a temple town. This temple stands in a 9 acre area surrounded by a fortified wall with towered entrances on four sides. It stands on a hillock and the city flows around it. There are 3 shrines one to Rama, one to Shiva and the other to Shankaranarayana. The last mentioned shows that there is no real difference between the Gods worshipped. The circular sanctum is crowned with a conical vimanam. The Shivalingam is covered by a mound of ghee used for Abhishekam,

Vadakkumnatha Temple well known for "Thrissur Pooram" in Thrissur district

വേദഗിരി ധര്‍മ്മശാസ്തക്ഷേത്രം.

വേദഗിരി ധര്‍മ്മശാസ്തക്ഷേത്രം.

The Kuttambalam or the theater hall of the Keralite temple is located either as a part of the inner prakara, on the south east corner facing north, or as a separate hall outside the innermost prakaram, either facing into the temple or facing north. This has a stage, raised from the rest of the floor, and a backstage area. This is the site of the performance of Kathakali or Chakkiyar koothu recitals. Thus the kuttambalam plays a role in educating visitors on the rich legends of the Indian…

The Kuttambalam or the theater hall of the Keralite temple is located either as a part of the inner prakara, on the south east corner facing north, or as a separate hall outside the innermost prakaram, either facing into the temple or facing north. This has a stage, raised from the rest of the floor, and a backstage area. This is the site of the performance of Kathakali or Chakkiyar koothu recitals. Thus the kuttambalam plays a role in educating visitors on the rich legends of the Indian…

Kerala, Temples

The shape of the roof is in accordance with the plan of the sanctum below. With a circular plan, one sees a conical roof, while with a square plan the roof is pyramidal. The roof is constructed with wood and is covered with copper plates. Most of the temples seen in Kerala today, have undergone several phases of renovation, given the perishable nature of the construction materials.

The shape of the roof is in accordance with the plan of the sanctum below. With a circular plan, one sees a conical roof, while with a square plan the roof is pyramidal. The roof is constructed with wood and is covered with copper plates. Most of the temples seen in Kerala today, have undergone several phases of renovation, given the perishable nature of the construction materials.

Snake Diety" being offered turmeric powder and pure milk.

Snake Diety" being offered turmeric powder and pure milk.

Temple architecture in Kerala is different from that of other regions in India. Largely dictated by the geography of the region that abounds in forests blessed with the bounties of the monsoons, the structure of the temples in Kerala is distinctive. The roofs are steep and pointed, and covered with copper sheets. The Kerala roof resembles those found in the Himalayan regions and those in East Asia.

Temple architecture in Kerala is different from that of other regions in India. Largely dictated by the geography of the region that abounds in forests blessed with the bounties of the monsoons, the structure of the temples in Kerala is distinctive. The roofs are steep and pointed, and covered with copper sheets. The Kerala roof resembles those found in the Himalayan regions and those in East Asia.

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