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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 innumerable carvings in different pillars. Paintings on the walls of the Maha Mandapa as well as in those around the golden-lily tank relate to the persecution of the jains by the Hindus. In one of the pillars it will be seen that Siva appears as coming out from a Lingam. (Lingodbhavamurti) and Brahma have taken theform of a swan and Vishnu that of a boar boring the earth. The Lingapurana narrates the story connected with this fine carving as follows: -

Once Brahma and Vishnu got intoa dispute regarding their respective greatness. As they could not decide the point, they referred the matter to Siva. Siva as the umpire put them to a test and said that he who could find out the top and bottom of the Jyotirlingam of Siva would be the greater of the two. Brahma immediately got on his swan and went upwards to see the top, while Vishnu took the form of a boar and bored downwards to find the bottom. Centuries passed, but neither returned.  At last Brahma could find a petal of Ketaka flower, thrown centuries back from the crest of Siva, and claimed to have seen the top of the Jyotirlingarn.

 

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