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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

Near to this pillar there is another depicting an image of Siva called Harihara. God's left half is Vishnu and the right half Siva. Accordingly on the left side we see the conch, pearl necklace, and other Vaishnavite marks and the brilliant carvings of the features of Vishnu. On the right are the deer, snake and other marks of Siva. The moral is the oneness, of both Hari and Hara, a synthesis between Vaishnavism  and Saivism.

Gajaharamurti is shown in another pillar. The elephant was a demon sent by sages of Darukavana to kill Siva for seducing their wives as Bhikshatana. Siva killed the elephant and opened his head.

In another pillar the marriage of Meenakshi with Sundareswara is depicted, where Vishnu is standing to the right ofMeenakshi and pouring sacred water over the joined hands of the bride and the bridegroom. The bowed head of, Meenakshi reveals the characteristic shyness of Hindu women. The features are most realistic.  In another pillar Siva is standing in a chariot about to kill the giants who arerepresented in the opposite pillar. Siva assumed this form to kill three demons of Tripura and to destroy their magic cities. During this campaign the earth is said to have served as a chariot, the sun and the moon as its wheels, the four Vedas as the horses, and the Upanishads as the guiding reins. The right leg is firmly placed on the pedestal and the left is bent in an attitude expresive of great energy."

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