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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

Regarding the birth of Meenakshi the legend goes that a Pandyan king, Malayadhwaja by name, had no sons. He had to perform Putrakameshti sacrifice (Yaga) for getting a son. But from the sacrificial fire out came Goddess Meenakshi with three breasts.

This caused great worry to the king, but he was consoled when told that at the sight of the future husband of Meenakshi, the third
breast would disappear. As Malayadhwaja had no other issue, Meenakshi succeeded to the throne. She pursued the usual conquests of kings and overcame mny till at last she came across Sundareswara, whereupon an irresistible shyness ove r came her and her third breastdisappeared. Thereafter she married him. The durbar of Sundareswara is depicted in carvings inside the temple.

Thus it will be seen that Goddess Meenakshi had no physical origin, but she was a swayarnbhu or self-originated from the sacrificial fire. We can recall in this connection how Sita appeared from the plough-head while King Janaka was tilling the soil. All such divine incarnations are mysterious.

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