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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
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Temples & Legends Of India
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KUMBAKONAM

Here there are many shrines dedicated to other deities, of which that Pathala Srinivasa deserves mention. Payasam and milk are generally offered to him. The legend goes to say that Patala Srinivasa came down to Kumbakonam from Tirupati and the story is as follows: -

Devi Lakshmi pretended t have picked up a quarrel with Mahavishnu as the latter remained quiet when sage Bhrigu dealt a kick on his Vishnu's_ chest which is the seat of Lakshmi. She left Vaikuntham and undertook a pilgrimage on earth. At last she came to place called Kollapuram where she decided to stay for some time. She showered her grace on the king and the people of the place and spent her days in the town.

Lord Vishnu who could not have apeaceful and happy time in the absence of Lakshmi withhim came to the earth fromVaikuntham and searched for her. When he came to Tirupati, he met Padmavati whom he married. He took his abode with Padmavati in a mountain at Tirupati itself. Years passed like this. The time had come for the re-union of Mahavishnu and Lakshmi and as usual Narada the heavenly ambassador played his role to bring about their re-union.

First he went to Devi Lakshmi at Kolla- puram and narrated to her about the marriage of her husband with Padmavati and instructed her to rush to Tirupati immediately t regain union withMahavishnu. The celestial mischief monger at the same time went to Lord Mahavishnu also and informed him about the wrathful mood of his consort Lakshmi and about her coming to Tirupati.

The Saint advised Vishnu to run to Kumbakonam immediately so that Lakshmi could not trace him out. Mahavishnu did accordingly. He left a form of his with Padmavati and ran towards Kumbakonam when Devi Lakshmi happened to see him.

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