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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

SUCHINDRAM

Krishna is sitting on one of the branches of the tree with his flute. To carve out this scene with meticulous details on merely a block of stone, and to recapture the episode, is a masterpiece of Dravidian sculpture. The artistic beauty can be realised only when seen.  There are numerous idols of Vinayaka, the God of success. Maya Ganapati is an image where Ganapati has got his legendary wife Maya, the illusion. Beyond the Navagraha Mandapam is the temple of Maya Ganapati.

Besides holding Maya by one hand, he holds a water pot in his trunk. This Vinayaka has 10 hands holding different  insignias. There is yet another Vinayaka known as Sakshi Vinayaka, that is, Vinayaka who witnessed the redemption of the curse on Indra. Vallabha Vinayaka is the most peculiar, holding by his left arm his wife Vallabha. In certain legends, Vinayaka is spoken of as having a wife. There is also Pali an inscription of Asoka on a stone. Their Tamil translation is given on another side of the same stone.

The southern corridor is a very long one where mass feeding used to be done in olden days. There are rectangular shaped vessels, made of stone, for keeping different curries for serving the large number of people who used to assemble. In the northern corner of the western prakaram there is a small temple made of wood exquisitely carved out, containing Rama and His consort, Sita. The skilful carvings on wood are worth seeing.

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