remains apart yet integrated both borrower and creator. It is a place unlike any other
home of great living monuments.***
rise of temples also saw the development of culture in all its aspects. The temple became
the nervecentre of all cultural activities. Temple festivals were instituted with a view
to making the Hindu religion more attractive. Festivals also gave an opportunity to people
for the expression of their deepest spiritual cravings.
Of the temple festivals, two ancient ones deserve special
mention for their historical importance, though they are extinct now. These are the
Mahamagha festivals conducted at Tirunavay on the banks of the -Bharatapuzha near Tirur
and the Onam festival of Trikkakara, nearErnkulam. Tirunavay was once famous for the
pankerala assembly called Mamamkam.
***Architectural Developments of Kerala
Temples. Splendorous of Kerala, Marg Publications.