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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

SRIRANGAM

One day the dancing girl brought the captain to the top of Vellai gopuram from where he was pushed off. At the loss o their Commander-in-chief, the army lost their moral and retreated Delhi. In appreciation of the service rendered by the dancing girl, who was also a great devotee of Ranganatha, the holy fire was
sent from the kitchen of the temple for cremation of the body of the dancing girl after her death. The custom is being followed till today in respect of her
successors.

Srirangam is spoken of as a paradise on earth (Bhoolokavaikuntham). Some festival or other is taking placethroughout the year. The idol of Ranganatha is very impressive
and one who worships Him gets all his desires fulfilled and attains moksha.
Property such as lands, buildings, gold and silvers vessels, pearls and diamonds
jewels, etc., worth lakhs of rupees, provided by the various kings of the South, belong to the temple. Lord Ranganatha is
tastefully decorated on all-important occasions. Abhishekam is being done to the deity daily with Kaveri water brought in a silver vessel placed on the Devasthanam elephant in a procession accompanied by
pipers. Learned Brahmins chant Vedas and Mantras when pujas and abhishekams are performed.

There are 21 gopurams in the temple. The temple is so big that a stranger who enters the temple without a guide cannot find Ws
way out. Thousands of rupees are being spent every year for its maintenance alone. There is a big mandapam. One of the kings of he South who undertook the
construction of this mandapam with 1000 pillars was attacked -and defeated by his enemy when the work was in progress. So the mandapam was left incomplete.
There are only 936 pillars. The images carved out on these pillars attract our attention and reveal the remarkable talents of the sculptors of those days.

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