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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
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KANCHEEPURAM

The sculptural beauty of the pillars is amazing. Ornamental rings carved out of single stone at the Four Corners of the mandapam in the form of a chain are a delightful spectacle. All the pillars contain marvelous specimens of Vijayanagar art from top to bottom. There are carvings depicting different legends from Hindu mythology and forms of dancing damsels in various poses. The cavalcade of marching soldiers, the baffling and intricate physical feats as shown in a circus by a number of men and women and monkeys, are vivid portrayals of the socio-physical culture of the time. The sculptors were postmasters in depicting life-like figures with their crude chisel on black granite. The scenes remain as sharp as when they came out of the sculptor's dexterous hands and still remain a marvel to the sightseers even centuries after. It may verily be called the Museum of Vijayanagar Art and Sculpture.

Coming to the religious sanctity of the place, it is said that the town contains 18 Tirupatis praised by Vaishnavite Alwars. The Varadarajaswami temple itself contains three sacred places of puranic importance; first, the shrine of the presiding deity, Lord Varadaraja, the second, the shrine Lord Yoga Narasimhaswamy in the cave below Hastigiri Hill, and the third, the shrine of Sri Perundevi Tayar, consort of Lord Varadaraja.

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