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Kerala History

Kerala HistoryThe history of Kerala is very fascinating and intriguing. Although the exact version about the origin and history of Kerala, India is still a mystery as there are no written records about Kerala history. Many tales about the history of Kerala exist in the form of folklores. The most popular (and my personal favorite!) is the one in which an avatar of Lord Vishnu (one of the main Gods of the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) recovers the land of Kerala from the sea. The story is as follows.

According to ancient legends, the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu was born as the son of a sage. He was named Parashuram. Parashuram was an ace warrior and it is said that he traveled around the world 21 times and punished wrong doers for harassing the weak. It is said that Parashuram is one of the few immortals on earth. According to legends, it is said that Parashuram threw his battle-axe at the Arabian Sea. The sea respected and feared Parashuram and receded to reveal the beautiful land of Kerala. It is said that the sea never crossed the place where the axe fell.

Besides this folklore, Kerala has been ruled over many times by foreign invaders. Merging with the Dutch, Portugal and British rulers has created a mixed community in Kerala. Most of the existing Christians are influenced by the Latin style of Christianity and their culture is noticeably dissimilar from the conventional Kerala culture. There were migrants from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, besides a large number of Gujaratis, Marwaris, Konkanis, who also migrated to Kerala. The gradual settling and merging of one religion into the other has resulted in a unique evenness that it is difficult to trace the original roots of Kerala.

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