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Sree Janardana Swami Temple - Varkala

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  1. The article is fine but for ignorant people like me still lingers a doubt: is Lord Janardana a form of Vishnu? Or a form of Krishna? A form of Brahma? Please tell! Thank you!

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  2. Janardana Swami is a form of Lord Vishnu as mentioned in the Wikipedia article. I'm sorry for leaving that point vague.

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  3. Very informative article.
    It is written that to reach the temple one has to climb a long flight of steps and feels tired on reaching the feet of the Lord. Is there any arrangement for people who have difficulty in climbing stairs.

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