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Old 16th December 2012, 19:18   #226
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Since the ferry saved us some time, we drove to Krishnapuram Palace Museum in Kayamkulam.

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More information here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishnapuram_Palace

Some artifacts on display
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More artifacts
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Gajendra Moksham

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Mural of Gajendra Moksham.

Within the palace is the archaeological museum which has the most fascinating exhibit of the Gajendra Moksham a 3 metres (9.8 ft) high mural, which is the largest single piece of mural painting so far discovered in Kerala. The literal meaning of 'Gajendra Moksham' is the "salvation or Moksha of the elephant king Gajendra." The theme of the mural is mythological and depicts an elephant saluting Lord Vishnu in devotion while the other minor gods, goddesses and saints look on. Lord Vishnu was the family deity of the Kayamkulam Kings. This mural, in a fusion of colours and expressions, was placed prominently at the entrance to the palace from the pond to enable the kings to worship the deity after their daily ablutions.

The mythological legend narrated on the Gajendra Moksham (Gajendra means the King of elephants) is contained in the 10th century Sanskrit Bhagavata Purana. According to this legend, the Pandyan King Indradyumna, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, was given a curse by the sage Agastya, to be reborn as an elephant. Gajendra or the Elephant King, while on a pleasure trip to a lake with his wives, was seized by a crocodile that caught hold of his leg with a firm grip and thus Gajendra was held captive for many years. Finally the hapless Gajendra appealed to Lord Vishnu, his chosen deity, to rescue him from his predicament. Vishnu made his presence soon after, riding on his Vahana (vehicle), the Garuda (the celestial half man half bird form). Garuda killed the crocodile. The entire sequence is vividly painted, with vegetable colours, on the mural with a dynamic portrayal of Garuda at the centre, about to land with "huge spread wings and a facial expression raudra (form of fury), in stark contrast to the compassionate features of the multi-armed Vishnu". The mural also shows a smaller figure of Gajendra in mid-trumpet, and of the crocodile on the right side. The mural truly represents the Kerala style of painting on every available space on it. Apart from the main characters of the legend, saints, animals, mythical beasts and forest plants are also depicted. The outer edges of the mural are decorated with Floriate borders. At the bottom, there is an exclusive "triptych-like panel which depicts Balakrishna, the child Krishna surrounded by doting females
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Some areas of the Palace
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All these have now become display objects

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Thiruvegappura temple Model
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More Artefacts
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Kayamkulam Val (Sword)
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The Double edged sword – Kayamkulam Val


The Kayamkulam Val ('Val' means "sword") is an important exhibit in the museum. The significance of the sword is that its both sides are sharpened and thus it is more dangerous than any other martial weapon. It is said to have been used by the Kayamkulam Rajas in the 18th century and hence was of special attraction to the king
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Collection of ancient coins
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Some more views of the Palace
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Canon Balls

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Sanskrit Bible
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Palace Entrance

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Colorful

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Buddha Mandapam

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Buddha mandapam (hall)

Buddha mandapam (hall) is where an attractive statue of one of the four antique Buddhas of the 10th century, which were recovered in recent times in ponds and fields in Alappapuhza district is displayed. The Buddha Mandapam (Buddha statue installed here predates the building of the palace) is located in the finely landscaped and tended garden with profusion of flower plants (endemic to Kerala) that surrounds the palace complex.

The four Buddha statues found in recent years in the Alappuzha district testify the prevalence of Hinayana Buddhism in Onanadu in the Maveli kingdom of Kerala several. The four Buddha images are in meditating posture with Ushnisha (cap) and Upavita (upper garment). These had been thrown into fields and ponds during the anti-Buddhism campaign in Kerala. The idol was found in a pool or tank called Puthenkula (Pond of Buddha) in Maruturkulangara in Karunagappalli. This idol, cut out of a single piece of rock, was first installed in Karunagappalli town and after many years reinstalled in the compound of Krishnapuram Palace which is now a monument in the Buddha Mantapam. This idol has a skull cap adorned with lines of pearls or diamonds that represents the highest wisdom attained by the Buddha. Scholars have inferred that this statue probably belongs to the 7th century or even 5th century.
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Anchal

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In Kerala, arrangements for transfer of ‘postal articles’ from place to place appear to have been initiated first in the princely state of Travancore some time in the beginning of the 18th Century during the reign of Marthanda Varma. The department’s name then was ‘anchal’, some holding that this is derivation from the word ‘angel’, a synonym for ‘messenger’. (Cochin state followed a little later — around 1770.) Interestingly, anchal service in both the states was restricted initially to government business. (There was hardly any distinction those days as between the palace, the temple and the government in certain matters.) Such government business in Travancore included bringing to Thiruvananthapuram from distant places flowers for use in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and vegetables for the palace kitchen. Gradually, work for private individuals also was entertained and a fare was fixed. Sale of anchal stamps, a monopoly of the government, was introduced around 1888, while Cochin took another 10 years to implement the innovation. Postal arrangements were codified through a set of regulations. Money order service came in 1901 and postal savings scheme in 1912. By 1921, even insurance business was brought under the umbrella of ‘anchal’!

Anchal operations were through all conceivable modes — train, roads, canals — and where none of these worked, they turned to the good old ways of running!

‘Anchal runners’ would be provided with a two-feet long wooden staff with small bells attached and the hapless chap would run carrying the postal articles on his head and shaking the staff vigorously so that its chiming would scare other road users away enabling him to push forward unhindered — somewhat like the modern ambulance vans. In fact, every one — the high and the mighty included — was bound by law to leave the way clear for him.

Traversing miles-long trajectories was executed through relay race of sorts: after handing over the articles to his colleague, the first guy would run back with what his friend gives: the second one would, on his part, run forward with his load to hand it over to the next guy and thus the chain stretched. The perquisites admissible to the ‘running staff’ included a kind of fuel allowance — to buy faggots to be lit and used as a torch while working after dusk.

Travancore and Cochin, though afflicted with intermittent interludes of diplomatic aloofness and mutual hostilities, however, cooperated well in making inter-state anchal services a success. Red boxes kept in important junctions were meant for purely internal delivery while the green ones were to be used for inter-state services.
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We stopped by KTDC Motel for evening Tea.

We got Ada and Vada
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We then reached our resort back by 17:30 hours

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Parked Civvy for the day
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Far away the Chinese nets were just the way we saw 3 days back

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It was getting dark
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And the lights came ON

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Time for some low light photography
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Civvy enjoying the solitude
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After a while I got ready to visit the Harmony Spa

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The Spa
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Nice paintings adorned the walls
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Relaxed there for a while and got ready to get back for dinner

Reflexology pathway

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We walked to the restaurant along the nicely lit pathway
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It was buffet, and I just picked up what I saw. It was definitely not mallu stuff, but a mix of many specialties.

Don't know what is on the plate
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I loved this Curd and Chillies
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After dinner came back to the room. Packed up a bit since we leave the next day. By 22:00 hours we called it a day and crashed.
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04th November 2012

Woke up around 06:00AM and watched the rising sun
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Boatman on his routine day
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By 07:30AM we hit the pool
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We did some 100 laps and stayed in the pool till 09:30AM. Being a Sunday everyone in the resort had already started to leave to their destinations.


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A quick panorama of our cottage
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Some temples are yet to be visited - well that's for the next time
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We went for our breakfast
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Sukhiyan
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I loved this simple one
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We had a relaxed breakfast
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Wifey fully enjoying her chai!
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Some views from the restaurant

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Houseboats on call
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Floating

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After a leisurely break fast I just strolled around the empty resort.
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Civvy and Me
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Peaceful
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But the peaceful atmosphere was suddenly broken with some heavy thud thud sounds...

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