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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 drum in the right hand symbolizes the fact that God holds the cause of the entire world, i.e., Sound (Sabda Nishtam Jagat), in his hand, to be folded or unfolded at His will. The very first sound OM has its origin from this drum.

The primordial sounds of the alphabet (Maheshwarani Sabdani) came out of Siva's drum as He beat it with his right hand, and formed the basis of the Science of Grammar, Vyakarana, originated by Patanjali. The deer on one sidesymbolizes the mind. As the deer leaps all round and runs fast, so also the mind of man runs fast jumping from one thing to another. The skin of the tiger, which Nataraja wears, is the skin of Egoism or Ahankara, which He has killed. The Ganga he wears on the head is the Chit Sakti or Wisdom, which is cool and refreshing. The Moon represents the Ethereal light and blissfulness of the Atman.

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