The ancient land came into being with the strike the axe of the legendary mythological figure Rishi Parashuram, is Kerala- God's own country. With the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on its east, Kerala is a treasure trove of indigenous cultural practices and art forms that have mesmerized people all over the world. Be it the age old Kathakali or the newly rediscovered Mohiniattyam or the knowledge of Ayurveda . Basking in the generosity of the sun and rain Kerala is home to a host of centuries old temples dedicated to Hindu deities flocked by millions of pilgrims every year.
The temples of Kerala, known for their ingenious architecture and simplicity are frequently visited by tourists.
Kerala Temple Architecture
The early temples of Kerala (up to 3 rd crntury B.C) largely carry influences of the temples of neighboring Tamil Nadu known for their imposing Gopurams. The temples built after that period, are dominated largely by the influence of the local climate and agrarian economy characterized by rainfalls. The wooden pyramidal roof instead of the more common conical roof covered with copper plates is the most distinctive feature of the temples of Kerala. The entrance is a Gopura opens into a courtyard which ends in the Mukha Mandapam the beginning of the main temple building. The central sanctum known as the Sree Kovil is the seat of the deity overlooking the namaskara mandapam , the place from where the visitor is allowed to worship and view the idol. Every Keralite temple has a Kuttambalam or Theatre hall where Kathakali performances and holy recitals take place.