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Temples & Legends of Tamilnad
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

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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
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KANCHEEPURAM

We have seen earlier how Mahavishnu acted according to the desire of Brahma and saved him from having to forsake the sacrifice started by him. Here, during the time when Tirumazhisai Azhwar was doing his services in the temple, he had a great devotee by name Kanikannan, a gifted poet. An old lady who had been a dancing girl in the King's court in her youth was very much devoted to him (Kani Kannan) and he rejuvenated her into a girl of sweet sixteen by pleasing the Lord with his songs. 

Seeing her, the King also wanted to rejuvenate himself and therefore sought the help of Kanikannan. But Kanikannan refused the request of the King, as his desires were for mundane pleasures, whereas the rejuvenation of the old lady was meant to help her to serve the Lord arid his devotees for a long time with all the strength of her body as desired by her. The King wanted to use the good means for a bad end. He wanted to neglect the path of Saranagati or self surrender, which is the essence of all religions. The King became annoyed and banished Kanikannan from the city. Tirumazhisai Azhwar himself could not stay in the city without his devotee Kanikannan.

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