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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
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Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

CHIDAMBARAM

Being pleased with his penance, Siva appeared and promised him the dance at Tillai. Accordingly, Adisesha was born as a human being, as Patanjali, and went to the forest of Tillai. In this forest, Vyaghrapada also joined him. Each constructed his own hermitage, Patanjali at Ananteeswaram and Vyaghrapada at Tirupapuleeswaram in Chidambaram. They started worshipping Siva in the form of the Swayambhulinga in Tillai forest.

Vyaghrapada was the son of Madhyandina Rishi living on the banks of the Ganga. He came to the South under the directions of
his father and started praying to the Swayambhulinga under a banyan tree near a tank in the Tillai forest. He used to collect flowers for puja and, to help him to do so, he prayed for the boon of tiger's feet and claws So that he could easily climb up the trees and plucks plenty of flowers. He also prayed for the eyes of bees, so that he could collect the flowers  before any bee could taste the honey in them.

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