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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

To the west, in the midst of great tomb-shaped halls, is a square building of black stone, inside which is a chamber mad, of ivory. In the centre of this is a jewelled throne on which the king was accustomed to take his seat during the great Navaratri Festival, surrounded by all his banners or ensigns of royalty and before which all king! were wont to do homage. Unfortunately the palace is now used as a Court room of the District Judge, and a number of other offices are housed in the palace. This does not show proper respect to the edifice constructed for a different purpose. One can only bemoan the lack of artistic sense and reverence for past among the moderns.

Teppakkulam is another beauty spot of Madurai. This is a tank measuring 1000 feet north to south and 950 feet east to west, occupying an area almost exactly equivalent to that of the Great Temple of Madurai. Tradition points to this spot as the place where the bricks for the construction of Tirumalai Naicken's Palace were made. While digging earth for temple bricks, a huge image of Ganapati was found. This image is now installed at the entrance to the Sundareswara sanctum and popularly known as Mukkuruni Pillaiyar. The tank is connected with the river Vaigai through a channel and it never dries up.

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