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Some of the most notable temples are: Guruvayur Temple, Thrissur Vadakkunnathan Temple, Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, Thiruvananthapuram Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Chottanikkara Temple, Chengannur Mahadeva Temple, Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mannarasala Temple, Chakkulathukavu Temple, Thiruvalla Sreevallabha Temple, Kaviyoor Mahadevar Temple, Parumala Panayannarkavu Temple, Sree Poornathrayesa Temple, Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple, and Rajarajeshwara Temple.Temples in Kerala follow elaborate rituals and only priests from the Nambudiri caste can be appointed as priests in major temples.Religions in Kerala are a mixture of different faiths, most significantly Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.Kerala has a reputation of being, communally, one of the most religiously diverse and cosmoplitian states in India.According to the testimony of the Dutch Jew, Mosss Pereya De Paiva, in 1686 there were 10 synagogues and nearly 500 Jewish families in Cochin. Most of the emigrants to Israel between 19 were from the community of black Jews and brown Jews; they are known as Cochini in Israel.Since the 1960s, only a few hundred Jews (mostly white Jews) remained in Kerala with only two synagogues open for service: the Pardesi Synagogue in Matancherry built in 1567 and the synagogue in Parur.According to 2011 Census of India figures, 54.73% of Kerala's population are Hindus, 26.56% are Muslims, 18.38% are Christians, and the remaining 0.32% follows other religion or no religion. Adi Shankara was a Hindu philosopher who contributed to Hinduism and propagated philosophy of Advaita.

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The arrival of Europeans in the 15th century and discontent with Portuguese interference in religious matters fomented schism into Catholic and Orthodox communities.

Different cults of Shiva and Vishnu are popular in Kerala.

Malayali Hindus also worship Bhagavathi as a form of Shakti.

Jainism has a significant population in the Wayanad district bordering the Karnataka state.

Amongst the existing original Jain temples in Kerala, the most prominent is called Jainmedu, Vadakkanthara village, about 3 km from Palakkad.Among the existing original Jain temples in Kerala, the most prominent is called Jainmedu, Vadakkanthara village, about 3 km from Palakkad.This temple was reportedly built by Inchanna Satur.Some historians claim many Hindu temples might have been once Jain temples.