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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

It is not only the Indian Princes and wealthy men who donated jewellery to the temple but the East India Company too have donated chain carrying 108 sovereigns. A Collector, Rous Peter, who was ardent devotee of Goddess Meenakshi, donated a pair of golden stirrups out of gratitude for his miraculous escape from attack by a furious elephant which he had wounded.

Another attractive feature at Madurai for the pilgrim is the Tirumalai Naick's palace. The whole construction has been declared by compete. Authorities to be the largest and most attractive specimen of palace architecture existing anywhere south of a line drawn from Bombay to Calcutta We have here a remarkable combination of Hindu, Mohammedan and Gothic architectures. The District Gazetteer describes it as "consisting of a great open courtyard 252 by 151, round which runs the roofed are of great beauty on tall stone pillars 40, in height connected by foliated brick arches of much elegance of design ornamented with Hindu design carved out in fine shell lime plaster which almost resembles marble."

The throne room or Swarga Vilasam is beneath the 60- feet 'tomb An old manuscript says: "These pavilions are so magnificently constructed that it may well be -said that in no other country is there a court equal to them, by reason of their excellence, number, extent, curious workman, ship, and great beauty."

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