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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
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

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Somanatha

MADURAI

Daskshinamurthy is a very improtant shrine in every Siva temple. The deity always faces the south. It is a yogic pose of Lord Siva himself. As Dakshinamurti, Siva is a teacher or Guru of Yogas, Music and other ,.sciences. The story goes to say that Siva married Sati, the daughter of King Daksha. During an elaborate Yajna performed by Daksha, he did not invite his daughter and son-in-law, i.e., Sati and Siva. Sati took it to heart and went to the Yajna though uninvited. Her father took no notice of her and did not show to her the customary signs of welcome. Feeling insulted, she threw herself into the sacrificial fire and burnt herself away. At this Siva became furious and brought out Veerabhadra frorn his matted hair and got Daksha killed. After this Siva promised not to marry again and went into the forest, where he engaged himself in deep meditation beneath a banyan tree. This Yogic pose ofmeditation of Siva is worshipped as Dakshinamurti.  

The artistic featuring of Siva in meditation is so superb that one feels that one's ego has vanished for the time being. Here lies the beauty of sculpture, which helps meditation by the devotee by a realistic symbol. There are many minor gods also in the temple, which are known as Utsava Vigrahams, i.e., and processional details. Some of them are superb in art design.

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