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Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple in Tamil Nadu, India

At Thiruvakkarai, about 30 km from Pondicherry, there is the Vakkrakali Amman Temple. The temple was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to the Goddess Kali, who is called Vakkra Kali here, the slayer of evil. According to the legend, the Goddess vanquished the demon Vakkrasura, and so she was named Vakkrakali. But not only the Goddess Kali, also Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are venerated here.
Apart from famous Hindu temples there is also a rich variety of temples and shrines for Dravidian Gods in South India, esp. in Tamil Nadu. When visiting that Indian state one should not miss to learn more about those folk deities. I made a book (and ebook) with lots of photos about this traditional religion. Have a full preview of my book about Dravidian deities (120 pages with lots of photos) in German: AYYANAR UND MARIAMMAN, DRAVIDISCHE SCHUTZGÖTTER IN SÜDINDIEN and in English: Christa Neuenhofer, AYYANAR AND MARIAMMAN, FOLK DEITIES IN SOUTH INDIA (see below).
AYYANAR UND MARIAMMAN, DRAVIDISCHE SCHUTZGÖTTER IN SÜDINDIEN by Christa Neuenhofer | Make Your Own Book

AYYANAR AND MARIAMMAN, FOLK DEITIES IN SOUTH INDIA by Christa Neuenhofer | Make Your Own Book

The English book also exists in a low-cost version as an ebook . ISBN: 978-1457955617: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/417542-ayyanar-and-mariamman-folk-deities-in-south-india
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Nandi at Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Nandi at Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Lord Shiva at Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Lord Shiva at Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
A snake shrine on the Vakkrakali Amman Temple compound.
A snake shrine on the Vakkrakali Amman Temple compound.
Snake stones and pieces of cloth left by women who prayed to get children.
Snake stones and pieces of cloth left by women who prayed to get children.
Pieces of cloth left by devotees who prayed that their wishes would be fulfilled.
Pieces of cloth left by devotees who prayed that their wishes would be fulfilled.
Flowers at the snake shrine at Vakkrakali Amman Temple.
Flowers at the snake shrine at Vakkrakali Amman Temple.