Thiruvananthapuram Temple: A Goddess for each Letter

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"The deities of each Malayam letter were found based on writings of Rig Veda, Siva Samhita, Devi Bhagavatam, Harinamakeerthanam, and on the references in the kritis of Adi Shankara...in the ancient times, sages had realised the power of letters and had recorded it for the benefits of the posterity...The sculptors and researchers also have gone through the research studies and compared it with what is stated about it in Vedas.  They realised that all the deities behind the letters were goddesses in the Devi cult.  They identified 51 deities and brought them to life in the stone figures chiselled out by master sculptors of Myladi...Before deciding over the three dimensional pictures of the dimensional pictures of the deities, elaborate efforts were made to prepare the sculpture with all minute details based on scriptures in Vedas and epics."

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