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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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MADURAI

The ground plan of the temple gives a clear idea of its lay-out. It shows that the proper entrance to the temple was via the Rayagopuram and  the Pudumandapam through the eastern tower, as in all Hindu temples. In this temp however, owing to a superstition, the eastern tower is never used. the Rayagopuram been completed, it would undoubtedly have provide a suitable gateway, as the site plan shows how much larger than any of the other gopurams this gopuram was intended to be. 

A straight line east to west from the
Rayagopuram to the western tower will run parallel to the temple walls and lead directly to the chief deity's shrine after passing through all the minor turrets. Further, the north-to-south line of towers intersects this line at the exact point where Sundareswar'sshrine stands. It is therefore clear that all the gopurams and the minor towers have h arranged according to a well-conceived plan. The advantage of this arrangement is that the golden top (Vimana) of the central shrine can be seen from a great distance from all the four points of the compass, through the apertures in successive towers.

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