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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

As the King was a great devotee of Lord Siva, he must have been pleased with this piece of news Lord Siva appeared in a dream before him as Sundareswara. Drops of nectar fell on the spot from Siva's matted hair. As the nectar is the sweetest of all sweets, the place was called Madurai. It is generally seen that nature gives indication beforehand and he who can read or decipher it correctly is a blessed soul. As Lord Siva desired to appear here and be worshipped by all, the blessed soul of Kulasekhara, the Pandyan king could rightly catch the divine indication of the dropping of nectar, and named the city as Madurai.

This place was full of Kadamba trees then therefore, another name of Madurai is Kadambavana Kshetram. The stump of a
Kadamba tree is still preserved to give evidence of the pa The tree is surribunded by a number of Naga figures (figures of snake which are daily worshipped by the women of the place. It is a peculiarity of the South that, round all Sthala Vrikshas, there are figure snakes, cut out of stone pieces, worshipped by the womenfolk everywhere.

It is also said that a serpent was seen on the spot and by its movements marked the boundaries of the future township. The spot where the tail and the head of the coiled serpent met became the sanctuary the holy temple. The Pandya king built the temple. Gradually other temples were built for Sundareswara and his consort Meenakshi, keeping the original temple as the nucleus.

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