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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

Siva is represented with three eyes, symbols of Sun, Moon and Fire and of time, past, present and future. The third eye is located between the eyebrows and is known as the Eye of Wisdom. He wears in his right ear a man's earring (Makara- kundala) and on hisleft a woman's (Tatanka or Todu) to indicate the combination of both male and female. 

He wears a necklace of skulls symbolizing
that he is Lord of destruction, Samhara- murti. He wears ashes on his body. Hence the use of ashes by his devotees as a
sacrament, the symbol of purification by the fire of His grace, for each soul must lose the world to find God.

He also wears a necklace of Rudrakshas, berries of the Elaeocarpurs Ganitrus. Saivite devotees wear such beads. He also wears the Upavita, the sacred thread, over the left shoulder and under the right arm. The Upavita generally consists of 96 strands, representing the 96 Tattwas, categories or constituents of the Universe. No ritual can be celebrated without wearing the Upavita.

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