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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
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KANCHEEPURAM

About 2 miles to the south of Kanchi, Tiruparutikunram, a suburb of Kanchi, on the southern bank of Vegavati, has long been known as Jaina Kanchi. It is a stronghold of the Digambara sect of Jainism. For want of royal patronage and public support, the religion did not thrive and was confined only to a few staunch followers and their descendants. The city was under the Cholas from the 10th to the 13th century. The Cholas evinced keen interest in the development of religion, as is evident from the inscriptions on the
walls of the temples. The weakness of the later Cholas and the - confusion caused by the invasion of Malik Kafoor was responsible for the capture of the city by the Mohamedans. The invasion was said to have been attended with great devastation, according to the historian, Ali bin Azizullah.

From the 14th to the 17th century the city was under the Vijayanagar kings. These kings furnished the temples with lofty towers, beautiful halls and mandapam. The
180-feet tower of Sri Ekambaranatha temple and the beautiful hundred-pillar mandaparn with its exquisite workmanship in Sri Varadarajaswami temple are the best
specimens. 

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