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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.

Kuzhal mannam Lakshmi Narayana Temple

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By P.R.Ramachander

Kuzhalmannam is a small way side town on the National Highway NH7 between Palakkad and Thrissur about 20 KM from Palakkad.

Situated in the heart of the 'agraharam' which houses the Brahmin community, this ancient temple is considered as a jewel for its beautiful workmanship. The entrance to the temple is through a Mukha Mantapam. The carving of GajaLakshmi, the pillars and various scroll work on the ceiling give it an elegant look.

When we enter the temple, the non-stop Nama Japa "OM NAMO NARAYANAYA" emanating from the temple welcomes the devotees and gives them solace and peace.

The main Prathishta is Lord Narayana along with His consort Lakshmi, the goddess of plenty and prosperity. Here Lakshmi is seen sitting on Lord Narayana's left thigh. Lakshmi Narayana Swami the presiding deity of this agraharam temple has been showering His blessings on his devotees without fail. He bestows 'Santhanabhagyam' on His devotees (meaning blessings for begetting children).

The floors of the Namaskara Mantapam are built in white marble. The temple SreeKovil wears a decorated look with Granite flooring. The front side of the SreeKovil, Sopanam and Sreekovil doors are covered with beautifully designed brass sheets. Sreekovil doors have Ashtalakshmi figures carved there.

Important festivals celebrated at the LakshmiNarayana Temple are:

Navarathri, Uriyadi Ratholsavam, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Makara Sankranthi, Sasthapreethi, SriRama Navami, and Prathishta Dinam

Main Offerings here are:

Performing Navarathri Vilakku, Abhishekam, Kalabham Charthu, Pal payasa Nivedyam.

These days,this temple has become a dynamic center for spirituality and attracting more and more devotees. Many are coming forward to perform Upanayams and marriages at this temple.