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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

Wood or metal, usually  fashioned in the form of a human being, in which certain spiritual forces are focussed by the concentrated willpower of high-minded sculptors and other artists, for the purpose of aiding a worshipper in  acquiring that stability of mind necessary to him for the contemplation of the ALL-PERVADING DIVINITY, as laid down in the sacred Vedas and other reputed texts."

God as conceived in this Archa form is believed to exist in an invisible form in the idols made out of stone, wood, metal or even masonry work. He is of the nature of the intellect. The force of concentration and the recital of certain mantras accompanied by proper prescribed rituals make the invisible God made to enter the idol. So long as these are not polluted and as long as they are worshipped continuously, the in-dwelling energy of God resides in them. As magnetic attraction can be introduced in an ordinary piece of iron and is lost by disturbance, so also the images lose their power by pollution, negligence of performance of Vedic rites and rituals. 

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