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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

Sundareswara's shrine too is guarded by two giant watchmen which are the largest images in the Madurai temple. At the end of the western corridor is a choice collection of marble figures representing all the idols in the temple of Banaras, presented by theRaja of Banaras during one of his pilgrimages.

Beyond the Kambattadi Mandapam and towards the eastern gateway are four figures; three (Bhairava, Veerabhadra, and
Sabhapati) are forms of Siva and the fourth represents the Goddess Kali. Each is animated by a of motion and rhythm and "their numerous limbs and elaborate ornaments and attributes make them probably the greatest triumph of technical skill in stone-cutting to be found within the temple walls." The most remarkable of these figures is that of Siva in the form of Sabhapati exhibiting a rare type of dance, which is referred to as Urdhva Tandava and represents the God with his right leg raised straight up so as to reach the top of his ear.

The jewels in Madurai temple are of immense value and are rare collections. Precious stones, diamonds, emeralds and rubies are in abundance, donated through centuries by princes and devotees. These ornaments are used to decorate the deity on important festivals.

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