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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
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Temples & Legends Of India
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MADURAI

The entrance to the shrine of Meenakshi is guarded by two Dwarapalakas (watchmen) on either side, with fearful and expressive eyes. The doors which are always kept open, to admit pilgrims, require careful study on them will be found some of the most important dancing poses described in the Natyasastra. It may here be observed that these poses, along with those represented on the niches of the Jayandeswar temple, those on the doorways leading to the Mukkuruni Pillayar and to the eastern tower,  again those on the stone pillars under the southern tower, exhaust  all the types of classical Hindu dancing.

The Madura temple is almost an encyclo- paedia of the dancing poses depicted both in stone and wood." (Ibid). The Mukkuruni Pillayar referred to above be at the entrance to the Sundareswara temple. It is a huge figure of elephant-headed
Ganapati, awe-inspiring indeed! There is a mandapa in front of Sundareswara with the flag-staff and bull, known as Kambattadi. On festival occasions a flag with the picture of a bull, the emblem of Siva, is flown at the top of the staff.

 

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