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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

KANCHEEPURAM

Buddhism took deep root in Kanchi about the Ist century A.D. Its influence began to decline in Kanchi and in South India when there was a great awakening among the
Hindus under the Vaishnavite Azhwars, and Acharyas and Saivite Nayanmars. The lack of royal patronage for Buddhism under the Pallavas, Cholas andVijayanagar kings greatly undermined the vitality and popularity of this religion. However, sporadic preaching of the principles of Buddha Dharma continued to exist till the end of the 13th century. During Hiuen Tsang's visit, when the country was under the Pallavas, there were hundreds of Sangharamas (Hostels) and ten thousand Thera priests. Kanchi was proud of producing Dignaga the famous Buddhist logician, Bodhi-dharma and Dharmapala who set high standards in the mastery of Buddhist learning. Dignaga served in Nalanda University withdistinction and was well versed in the Mahayana and Hinayana systems and wrote many standard works, which are admired by the Chinese, and the Japanese even today. Dharmapala abandoned worldly life in his youth and became a great teacher at Nalanda on Buddhist logic and meta - physics.

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