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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 worship of idols, or Archavatara, is as old as the Vedas and Agamas running into the remotest past. When Arjuna remonstrated with Krishna that he would not break his fast without his Siva. pu , and when he could not perform his puja that day, his idols having been left behind, his craving for a concrete form for his Siva puja was satisfied by Sri Krishna sitting down and folding his legs and arms in suc a way as to resemble a Siva linga.Ekalavya proceeded to make an image of Drona. For his Acharya worship and Aradhana to attain proficiency in the art he wanted to learn, archery.

Excavations in many places like Mohenjo Daro, etc. reveal innumerable proofs of idol worship aeons and aeons  ago. Panini (6th century B.C.) refers to idols and temples. Patanjali (2nd  century B.C.) refers to such worship. It was quite common in the time of Yaska. Temples are mentioned in the Ramayana.  Archa form is in a general manner the image of man. In the Agamas the idols or Vigrahams are described thus: "An object of stone.  

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