essential delight of existence.
ANASUYA: Sage Atri's wife.
ANDAL: Consort of Ranganatha. The temple dedicated to her exists at
Srivilliputhur. The tallest of gopurams of all the Southern temples is to be seen
ANDAM: The world. Literally it means round like an egg; figuratively used to symbolise
ANI: Tamil month approximating to 16th June-15th July.
ANJALALNAYAKI: Goddess who gives shelter.
APPAR: One of the 63 Saivite Saints.
APPULINGAM: Figurative existence of Lord Siva in the form of water, at Jambukeswaram.
ARADHANA: Invoking God by chanting hymns and offering oblations Worshipping.
ARCHANA: Chanting the 108 names or 1008 names of God and offering of flowers, tulasi,
vilvam, saffron, etc.
ARDHANAREESWARA: The idol portraying half man and half woman alluding
to Purusha and Prakriti i.e., male and female energies, necessary for creation.