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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
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Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

MAHABALIPURAM

Another piece of architectural beauty deserving study and close observation is the "Shore temple" standing against the background of the deep blue waters of the ocean. It belongs to a period when the constructional style of the Pallavas was at its peak in its decorative beauty and intrinsic quality. This building has become worn out by the corrosive action of the saline seawater and air and the sculptures have become indistinct.

There are a number of carved rocks and a small excavation with the figures of Durga, around the temple.There are also some monuments at Mahabalipuram like Ganesa Ratha, Dharmaraja Mandapam, Kodigal Mandapam, etc., which merit cursery survey.Thus the group of monuments at Mahabalipuram, as observed by Heinrich Zinna, "developed an ideal of the human form that was unique, something quite its own, when compared with the works of the rest of the Indian mainland." It is the reputed birthplace of Bhutattalwar, an early Vaishnava Saint. There was a reputed Vaishnava shrine, which has been praised by Tirumangai Alwar in his hymns.

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