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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
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Temples & Legends Of India
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MAHABALIPURAM

In the Mahishasurmardini panel (12 3/4 feet by 8 feet.) the story of Durga slaying the demon king Mahisha has been depicted. Durga is represented with the Sankha and Chakra. Which are the emblems of Vishnu.The legend connected with this sculpture is that once the Gods were beaten and driven out of Heaven by the demon kings Mahisha. Then a light representing the inherent energy came out from each God, which all combined together to form a luminous body which eventually assumed the shape of a damsel Durga.  Durga got from all the Gods their respective weapons with which she fought Mahisha and his demons and at last killed them.

The Seshasayana panel (13 feet by 8 feet) which has been chiseled in the unconven- tional manner is simple and appealing and is stated to be a rare monument the like of which cannot be seen elsewhere. The peculiar feature about Vishnu represented here is that He has only two hands and his emblems, the conch and the discus, are absent in His hands.

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