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However most of the surviving murals in the palaces and temples of Kerala date from the 15th century onwards.
Important examples can be seen in the Ettumanoor Shiva temple which also has a museum of wood and stone sculptures; the palaces of Krishnapurama and Padmanabhapuram (circa 1744), and at Panayannnarkavu which has murals depicting the Sapta Matrikas (the Seven Mothers), painted before the Sakti cult was transformed into the prevailing Vaishnava religion.
Before my next trip to Kerala in November 2006, the space above my stairs was carefully measured, and I presented these measurements to Suresh...