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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 Pandya ruler, when he beard of this Nadanta Tandavani, set out to master this final accomplishment. While practicing the dance he realised the immense strain put upon his body. Feeling that Lord Nataraja at Chidambaram must have felt the same strain while dancing incessantly on one leg (right) only, he felt that a change of leg to
relieve the strain was necessary. So he prayed to Lord Siva to make this change at Madurai. Lord Siva agreed to this request
of his devotee.

A well-known Siva dance is the Evening or the Pradosha dance in the Himalayas, where Siva is said to dance in the twilight, in the presence of Parvati, in order to relieve the sufferings of His creatures. Sivajnana Siddhiyar explains the purpose of these dances to be to secure "both  kinds of fruits (1ham and Param) to countless souls". Unmai Vilakkam says: "Driving away Maya, burning Karma, crushing Anava by grace (Arul), raising the soul to the ocean of bliss-these are the works of the feet of our Father. 

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