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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


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
Himachal Pradesh




The tamil country is full with veneration for the great writers of the past, viz 63 Nayan- mars of hte Siava sect and 12 Azhwars of the Viashnave sect, who dedicated their lives to spiritual development of them- selves and the masses, and left their experiences in the field of   realisation of Godhood or salvation, recorded for posterity in the form of verses which are common household poems.

These verses are regarded as sacred as the Vedas, contained in books such as Thevaram, Thiruvachakam, Nalayira- prabandam ( 4000 verses ) , etc. Passing references have also been maderegarding the sculpture and other works of art in temples.

Hindu religious orthodoxy regarding rites and rituals of daily system of worship is truly preserved in the southern temples in an unadulterated form. Great saints and reformers like Adi Sankaracharya and Sir Ramanujacharya prescribed these rituals in the temples, which are being scrupulou- sly followed till today, though centuries have passed.

This could happen because of the absence of political turmoil and inv asion by foreigners, which left the temple art and sculptures mostly intact and unblemished. Some pictures showing hte architectural and sculptural treasures of Dravidian art, as seen in the temples, are also given.

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