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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
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Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

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Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

KANCHEEPURAM

The Vijayanagar kings made princely endowments and gifts of villages and jewelry to the temple. The Englishmen also did not fall behind. It is said that Lord Clive presented Varadarajaswami with a necklace worth Rs. 8600 in those days. Leonard Place, Collector of Chingleput District during the East India Company days, presented a set of beautiful jewels to be used as ornaments on the head (Kireetam). The approximate value of all the jewels is estimated at about rupees nine lakhs. It is indeed a glorious sight to see the image of Varadarajaswami decorated with all the jewels on festive occasions.

The Vijayanagar kings constructed the temple and the grand gopurams on the east and the west which are architectural marvels. There are five prakarams around the temple, with high outer compound walls. The whole temple covers an area of about 23 acres. Probably this is the largest area covered by a temple. Within the first prakaram there is a hundred-pillar mandapam built in the 16th century A.D. by the Vijayanagar kings. 

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