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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

Another story connected with the marriage of Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswara is as follows:

Goddess Meenakshi was born as a Pandyan Princess and was wooed by several suitors. Being a warrior, she vowed that she would marry none but him who could outmatch her and prove himself her master. She said that she would marry him who defeated her in a fair combat in any one of the eight directions. Her suitors entered the lists to combat with Meenakshi who was resplendent with beauty and armed with bow and arrow. She defeated the first seven combatants but the eighth, Siva Himself disguised as Sundareswara, defeated Meenakshi at the eighth point of the compass i.e., the Northwest.

Goddess Meenakshi became his prize and ever since she and her Divine Husband have been living in happy union and bliss in holy Madurai.   The Sthala- purana gives an interesting story as to how the Sangarn originated. The Goddess of learning, Saraswati, wife of Brahma, behaved impudently towards her husband and Brahma cursed her to take birth on earth for 48 generations. On Saraswati's appeal for mercy, Brahma modified this to the extent that her soul be divided into 48 parts and enter simultaneously into 48 persons who would be reputed poets in Tamil.

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