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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
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MAHABALIPURAM

Tirumurti Cave (28 feet by 14 feet). It contains a row of three shrines wherein bas-reliefs of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva) have been carved out. In each of the panels two dwarf attendants are flying in the air in the upper part of the sculpture, while in the lower part two devotees with matted locks are seated.

All the three deities have their left hands on their hips and the right hands are in the Abhaya pose. All of them have their characteristic weapons in their hands. The Sankha and Chakra that Vishnu has in his hands have been sculptured in such a way that they do not appear to face the visitor as found in all other places in the South: only their sides can be observed. They are, therefore, called the Prayoga Sankha and Chakra, i.e. weapons in. the act of being used. In the projecting rock above the cells have been cut Gavaksha (leaf - shaped windows).

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