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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 expose the correspondence between textbooks and the colonial-racist discourse. This racist discourse 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.

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Kuzhalmannam Sri Visweswara Temple

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By P.R.Ramachander

Another temple in Kuzhalmannam apart from the Lakshminarayana temple is the one whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva as Visweswara. Kuzhalmannam is on NH 7 between Palakkad and Thrissur 5 KM from Alathur. As you enter the agraharam, the first temple on your right is Visalakshi sametha Sri Visweswara temple. Lord Shiva is the eternal remover of all obstacles and protector of mankind. Propitiating the gods here will give benefits of longevity and good health.

Main deity is Shiva Linga facing east. Near the main deity is the shrine of His consort Visalakshi facing south. There are also separate sreekovils for Ganapathy and Subramania.

An Ayyappa Temple is situated on the south western side with separate compound wall. Here there is no idol. Aavahanam is done on three stone oil lamps for Poorna Pushkala and Ayyappa. Behind the lamps, there are stone idols of Sarparaja.

Main Offerings at Siva Temple[edit]

Rudrabhishekam and Dhara are the important offerings to Sri Visweswara. Manjal kappu, Pattu paavadai, thali Chrathal and Swayamvara Archana are the important offerings to Devi. Breaking of coconut is the favourite offering to Lord Ayyappa.

Important Festivals[edit]

Navarathri, Annabhishekam, Thiruvathira, Thaipoosam and Sivarathri.