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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

GLOSSARY

UCHIPILLAIYAR: Name of Vinayaka at Tiruchirapalli.

UGRAA/IURTI: Mood of anger.

URDHWATANDAVA: One of the dances of Lord Siva.

UTSAVA: Ceremonial, festive.

UTSAVAMURTI: Ceremonial deity taken in procession, to represent the original deity.

VADA: Logical arguments.

VAHANAM: Carrier; usually in the shape of Rishabha, Simha, etc, over which the deity is placed and carried in procession.

VAIKASI: Tamil month approximating to l6th May-15th June.

VATKUNTHA: Abode of Maha Vishnu.

VAITHEESWARAN KOIL: A sacred Saivite temple near Shiyali in Tanjore District.

VAMANA: The fifth avatara of Lord Narayana as a dwarfish brahmin boy.

VARAHA: The third avatara of Lord Narayana as a boar.

VARNA: Colour; caste.

VASUDEVA: Lord Vishnu, the all-embracing; Krishna, son of Vasudeva.

VAYU: Air as an element.

VEDA: The generic name for the most ancient sacred literature of the Hindus, consisting of the 4 collections (1) Rig-Veda (hyms to Gods), (2) Sama Veda (Priests' chants), (3) Yajur Veda (Sacrificial formulae in prose), (4) Atharva Veda (Magical chants).

VEL: Spear.

VIGHNESWARA: Vinayaka.

VILVAM: Aegle Marmelos, sacred to Siva.

VIMANAM: The small tower built over the sanctum sanctorum, richly de-orated and often covered with gold plating.

VYASA: Compiler; arranger; the name of the celebrated mythical sage who is regarded as the one who originally compiled and arranged the Vedas and other portions of Hindu sacred literature. Also called Badarayana.

YAGA: Sacrifice.

YAMA: The Lord of Death.

YANTRA: Symbolic figures.

YOGA: Spiritual discipline.

YOGESWARA: The Lord of Yoga.

YOGA: One versed in Yoga.

YUGAS: The four ages of the world.

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