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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
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MADURAI

There are nine towers or gopurams of which the four outer ones are the most significant. The western tower is covered with innumerable plaster figures representing scenes from the Puranic stories; the northern tower is very plain and contains miniatures of the various kinds of gopurams and vimanas to be found all over South India. The southern tower is the highest of all and is 152 feet in height. - This tower was previously known as Mottagopuram (Motta means unfinished) or unfinished tower, but this has been subsequently completed by
donations from some Chettiars.

Near this gopuram there are five musical
pillars. Each is composed of 22 slender rods carved out of a single block of granite. When tapped, the rods give musical sounds. Musical pillars are seen in almost all-big South Indian temples. The choice of stone and its carving from a single block is almost a marvel. In each
pillar the musical sounds are different, each generating the sound of the violin, Veena, drum, etc. At the foot of this tower is a small shrine known as the 'Koil' of 'Mottai' Gopurathan, i.e., man at the entrance to the Mottaigopurarn. He is considered to be the guardian of public health of the city and during epidernics his importance becomes very perceptible, judged by the continuous propitiation offered to him.

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