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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

INTRODUCTION

Social Reforms

The temples of Kerala also played an important part in the movement for eradication of Untouchability, which started with the famous Vaikom Satyagraha in 1924-25. Even Mahatma Gandhi was associated with this event and the result was the opening of the temple approach roads to all Hindus, which were otherwise closed to Harijans. Then there was a referendum regarding the opening of Guruvayur temple to all Hindus, in which 70 percent of the voters showed approval.

Subsequently on November 12, 1936, the Sri Chitra Balarama Varma, Maharaja of Travancore, issued the Temple Entry Proclamation. Within a, decade Cochin and Malabar followed suit. Thus, "Kerala was at the forefront of the social and religious reforms that were to be institutionalized throughout India with independence in 1947."

Mention must be made here of two saints of his period, who were more Pragmatic. They were Chattampi Swamikal (1854 - 1924) and Sri Narayana Guru.(1856-1928) who dedicated themselves to their community - Nair and Ezhava respectively - instead of seeking salvation only for their individual selves by withdrawing from the world..
 

 

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