These temples became the nexus of social relations and caste hierarchy. They were the centers where performing arts flourished and the Festivals and culture of the common man fostered. The Hindus of Kerala are extremely devout and fervid. The rigid penances and sacraments are an outcomes an orthodox temple culture. In most Kerala temples, a non Hindu will not be permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorum. Even a trouser and shirt clad Hindu man or a salwar kameez clad woman will not be allowed to enter the inner sanctum. The fact that millions of devotees visit these shrines every year testifies to the remnants of the strict discipline in these inviolable centers held sacrosanct by the masses.
The predominating "Gopurams", the gold plated towers, the punctiliously conducted "Trikala Pujas" are all testament to the Kerala temples being hubs of spiritual growth and major tourist attractions of the state.
- Guruvayoor Temple: The holy land, described in the Hindu Puranas; the Krishna Temple, visited by millions annually; the lord, believed to be worshipped by the likes of Adi Shankaracharya and Meputhoor Narayana Bhattathri; is a must visit destination, where all blessings are received, where the devotee is freed of all ailment and miseries.
- Sabarimala Temple: A visit to the temple's sanctum on Makara Sankaranthi, walking barefoot through the jungle, a glimpse of the shining star (Makarajyothi) through the hills and a climb atop the sacred 18 steps (Pathinettampadi) is every devout Hindu's dream. But to those who make it, it is believed, life is chaperoned by the lord Ayappa himself; their miseries, troubles and worries are not their own but the Lord's to solve and smooth out.
- Sivagiri Temple: The One Religion temple constructed under the guidance of Sri Narayana Guru with modern amenities and lofty ideals to inculcate a spiritual discipline free from dogma.
- Tiruvalla Temple: One of the largest temples constructed in Kerala, the Tiruvalla Temple is colossal in structure and in its spiritual and architectural significance. It remains faithful to the traditional dictates of the temple culture of Kerala and hence is a fine specimen of the religious development of the state.
- Ettumanoor Temple: This temple holds testimony to the cultural affluence of the temples of Kerala. The beautiful and intricate murals and fine architecture are major attractions to the tourists as well as connoisseurs of art.
Last Updated on : July 23, 2013