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A Temple Dedicated to Duryodhana in Kerala

Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas and the main villain in the Mahabharata, is worshipped in certain temples in India. Temples exclusively dedicated to Duryodhan are very rare, the reason being his evil deeds against the Pandavas. One such rare temple dedicated to Duryodhana in South India is the MalanadaTemple in Kollam District in Kerala.
Legend has it that Duryodhana who was searching for the Pandavas during their exile got lost in the dense jungle here. A weary and tired Duryodhana was picked up by people of the Kurava community and they provided him food and shelter. In return, Duryodhana is believed to have helped the community.
Duryodhana is worshipped as ‘Malayappooppan’ and there is no idol for the deity. Rituals and customs followed here are Dravidian in nature and the chief priest of the temple is from the Kurava community.
The temple also has small shrines dedicated to other important characters in the Mahabharata who were allies of Duryodhan during the 18-day war. T…

Sayings of Swami Nirmalananda

Smile shows that our goal is happiness. Wisdom to me is not a set of words, but freshness and emptiness of the mind! Empty out the mind by self-observation, self-awareness and inner attention. Thus make the mind shine like a mirror! Then nothing is seen or known but the limitless radiance of eternity! This is wonderful and a source of ever-renewed joy and inspiration beyond words!Both time and space are a myth and the play-things of the mind. We should learn to live in the nameless, the spaceless and the timeless Reality which is the instant, precise and the priceless moment, otherwise known as Eternity.Swami Nirmalananda