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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

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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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KIRATAMARJARESWARAM

When he met his two disciples curiously engaged in watching the mysteries of nature, forgetting their duties, Nandikeswara angrily cursed them, one to become a hunter and the other to turn into a cat.

On hearing the curse they entreated their spiritual preceptor to lighten the rigour of the curse and to show them the way to redemption. Nandikeswara was moved and he ordained that if they proceeded to the village of Villivakkam about 50 miles southeast of Kancheepuram and there took bath in the temple tank the curse would come to an end.

The curse being irrevocable, one disciple became a Kirata, hunter, and left that place with bow and arrow in quest of Villivakkam village, while the other became theMarjara, cat, and left for the same destination. After wandering a long while in forests, villages and holy places, the cat could reach Villivakkam village and enter the Siva
temple and, inscrutable being the ways of God, the other disciple, the hunter, being driven by the force of destiny, entered the Siva 'temple at the same time, both of them without knowing each other's identity.

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