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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

Sri Ramanuja has said that the human mind as it is constituted cannot conceive the Lord as an abstract essence. Such a conception is impossible to our intellectual nature and our moral nature normally revolts against accepting such a dogmatic concept. He einphasises this by saying,     By concrete pictures alone is our  otherwise indefinite consciousness  rendered definite; in other  words, what is formless is by such pictures rendered into forms."  Constituted as we are the conception of God as devoid of all qualities and destitute of everything which makes up man's idea of Divine Being, is extremely difficult if not impossible.

The Upanishads  State, "There the eye goes not, speech goes not. Nor mind; we know not, we understand not, how one would teach it." This is a theory of negation of all qualities to divinity, and the human mind cannot resign itself to this absolute silence and negative description. The human mind craves for something definite, something concrete and limited, and, with ingenuity and talent, it has brought down the Supreme to the region of the determined. Hindu idols represent this descent of the Supreme in variou   forms. God made man but man in his turn madeGod in his own imagination and set up idols which bore the forms of  the figures conceived in his mind.  

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