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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

CHIDAMBARAM

The hair of the head is braided, the upper part tied to form a Crown, the lower falling loose and whirling in the dance. At the base of the crown is a human skull, symbol of Siva's destroying energy. On the lower braid is a mermaid on the right, representing the river Ganga symbol of fertility and of God's grace.

According to tradition the Ganga: the celestial river, was permitted by Siva to descend on earth in answer to the prayers of King Bhagiratha, and the force of the fall was broken by Siva by receiving it in his matted locks for a time, to save the earth from being crushed by the weight of the falling stream.

On the loose braids on the left are
the crescent Moon, symbol of Siva's grace and glory, symbol also of time, and a cobra which by its deadly venom may be taken as a symbol of destruction and obscuration, but here it is a symbol of the cosmic force-Kundalini.

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