(Last Updated on : 27-03-2014)
This state is also referred to as the God's Own Country. Previously worship in Kerala revolved around Nature, a natural respect for one's ancestors and a strong attraction towards the concept of a Mother Goddess. Gradually the religious beliefs flowed into the mainstream of Hindu philosophy, so that now the most evolved and austere of Hindu ritual flourishes alongside an ancient and darker Dravidian style of worship. The religious beliefs in this state may vary from the concept of a formless, fathomless God to a divine snake, a tree or a stone.
Kerala's divine attractions are tucked away in the Cardamom Hills and along the Malabar Coast. Places, such as, Thiruvanthapuram or Trivandrum is also a popular pilgrimage center.
The temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy was built to honour Lord Vishnu. Even today the temple building physically dominates the bustling city. The crowds and the bazaars of the new, and growing, urban India can also be seen in the busy sprawling towns of Cochin, Quilon, Trichur, Calicut and Cannanore.
The temple of Chottanikkara, near Cochin, attracts a large number of faithful pilgrims or patients who seek release from evil spirits. It is widely believed that exorcism is successfully performed here.
Other temples in Kerala include
Attukal Bhagavathi Temple
Chettikulangara Devi Temple
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple
Mannarsala Temple, Harippad
Thrichambaram Sree Krishna Temple
Janardhanaswamy Temple, Varkala
Sree Vallabha Temple, Thiruvalla
Bhagavathi Temple, Kodungallor
Koodalmaanickam Temple, Iringaalakkuda
Ayyappa Temple, Sabarimala
Krishna Temple, Aranmula
Darmasastha Temple, Erumely
Vadakkunathan Temple, Thrissur
Thirumandhamkunnu Temple, Angadippuram
Christians, Muslims and Jews are accepted with an open arm in Kerala as were the early Phoenician, Greek and Roman traders.