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Temples of Kerala

The landscape of Kerala is thriving with temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. The art and architecture of these temples bears a strong influence of the ancient customs and traditions, however different in structure and outlay from those in North India. The architecture is exceptional with the use of naturally available materials that suit the regions climatic conditions.

 

A number of Dravidian style cave temples carved out of stone are found in Kerala. Another prevailing style of architecture is the Himalayan architecture which is characterized by a conical roof top made of wood and covered with copper plates that act as a natural lighting mechanism. The unique architecture of temples in Kerala developed during the reign of Kulasekharas, a patron of art and architecture. Most of these temples are dedicated to Goddess Durga or Bhagawati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and their incarnations. Temples dedicated to Ganesha, Karthikeya are of later origin and are mostly found in the peripheral regions of Kerala bordering Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Worship in most of these temples is carried out as per the tantric customs.

 

Some of the most significant and noteworthy temples in Kerala includes- the Sabrimala temple attracts thousands of visitors every year and is a famous pilgrimage centre in Kerala. It is situated atop a hill amidst the Western Ghat Mountains. The temple is named after the Ramayana figure, Sabri, a famous devotee of Lord Rama. The temple is devoted to Lord Ayyappa and some of the biggest religious processions are carried out at the temple during the month of November-January. Vadukkumnathan temple is situated in Trichur and is devoted to Lord Shiva. The Guruvayoor temple is devoted to Lord Krishna while the Padmanabhaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Padmanabhaswamy temple located in Trivandrum is one of its kinds built in the Dravidian style. The walls of the temple carry some ancient inscriptions and beautiful murals.

 

The temples of Kerala are larger than life figures which speak volumes about the cultural and religious heritage. They play a unique and unmatched role in the overall beauty of the land.

 

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