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Temples & Legends Of Tamilnadu
Preface Author
Introduction Kanyakumari
Gandhi Mandapam Maruda Malai
Suchindram Nagercoil
Tiruchendur Alwar Tirunagari
Srivaikuntam Nanguneri
Krishnapuram Tirunelveli
Papanasam Sankaranayinar Koil
Srivilliputhur Tirupparan- kunram
Madhurai Rameswaram
Darbhasayanam Tiruvadanai
Avadayar Koil Kaliyar Koil
Azhagar Koil

Palani

Tiruchirapalli Tiruvanaikkaval
Srirangam Tanjore
Punnainallur Tiruvalanchuzhi
Swamimalai Dharasuram
Saktimuttam Patteswaram
Mannargudi Vedaranyam
Tirunallar Karaikal
Tirukkadaiyur Mayavaram
Vaitheeswaran Koil Pullavane- swaram
Chayavanam Tiruvengadu
Shiyali Chidambaram
Tiruppatiripuliyur Tiruvannamalai
Kiratamar- jareswaram Madurantakam
Cheyyur Kancheepuram
Tirukkazhuk- kunram Mahabalipuram
Tirupporur Tiruvadantai
Tiruvanmiyur Mylapore
Triplicane Vadapalani
Tiruvottiyur Tirumullaivayil
Tiruvallur Tiruttani
Uppilliappan Koil Kumbakonam
Glossary Biblography
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

INTRODUCTION

The same has been mentioned by the Azhwars in many places but the most- significant is the Pasuram (poem) in the Iyerpa, First Tiruvantadi of Saint Poigai Azhwar, who expresses the idea in a very comprehensive form as follows:  "God wit His Chakra in His right hand assumes that form which is desired by His devotees; for name also will He bear that namewhich His devotees wish Him to bear. He will be of that quality which His devout devotee consider Him to possess  whenever they think of Him."

The same idea has been forcibly expressed by that great Acharya, Sri Pillailoka Acharya, in his famous treatis  called Arthapanchanga where he says: "The Archa form consists of the images of Bhagavan (God) which accommodate themselves to thevarious tastes of Hiscreatures, having no fixed form but thatwhich the worshipper may himself hoose and desire to call Him by; all - knowing, but seeming as if notknowing; all-powerful but seeming as if needy; thus seeming to exchange places, the worshipped with the worshipper and choosing to be ocularly manifest to him in temples and homes, in short at all places and at all times desired."   

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