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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

By the side of the Lord at Chidambaram, to the left, is the sanctum of Goddess Sivakama Sundari. To the right is the Chidambara Rahasyam wherein there is no image or Lingam. A Tiruvasi, the circular arch or Prabha with a Vel' is in front. A string of golden Vilva leaves hung over it marks the Prablia. Here Lord Siva is worshipped as Akasa, which pervades the whole world.

The stone steps leading to the Chit Sabha at Chidambaram are five in number and are plated with silver. They are said to represent the five mystic letters of the Panchakshara Mantra, NA, MA, SI, VA, YA. The doorposts are all silver-plated and bear an embossed representation of Vyaghrapada and Patanjali figuring as Dwarapalakas.

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