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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

The gigantic outer wall with 14 towers was constructed. The space occupied a rectangle 847 feet by 792 feet, numerous temples, mandapas and corridors.  But Malik Kafur razed the old temple to the ground in 1310 during the Mosleminvasion of Madurai. The outer wall with I towers was pulled down; the streets and buildings it protected were destroyed. The two shrines of Meenakshi and Sundareswara alone remained. It is said that these escaped destruction not out of reverence of Malik Kafur mid his hordes, but due to private dissension’s among the vandal

Viswanatha Naick in 1560 laid down the general plans of the temple and the outer-most walls were commenced during his reign. In succeed ing generations, princes, nobles and the rich vied with one another for completing the structure, which took 120 years at a cost of 12 million rupees.

The temple is known as Meenakshi Temple. Meenakshi means having eyes like those of a fish. Fish was the emblem of the Pandyan kings of old. Even as the mother fish has merely to gaze on her spawn in order to develop life in them, so also does spiritual life stir in the body of the worshippers the moment Goddess Meenakshi casts her eyes on them.

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