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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

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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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TIRUVANAIKKAVAL

As Devi Parvati took Upadesa (lessons) from Siva in this place, she and Siva are enshrined here facing each other, the shrine of the Lord facing the West and that of the Devi facing the East. Such places
are known as Upadesa Sthalas.

Once, there lived two people in Mount Kailas named Malyavan and Pushpadanta, who were always quarrelling. One wanted
to excel other in his devotion towards Siva. One day, 'Malyavan cursed Pushpadanta to become an elephant; immediately the
latter cursed the former to become a spider. Both the elephant and the spider
approached Siva for redress of their curses and, as advised by Him, - they came to this sacred place to worship the Lord.

A number of festivals take place in this temple throughout the year The Mandala Brahmotsavam, celebrated in the Tamil months of Panguni and Chittirai (March- April), lasts for 40 days and attracts thousands of devotees from surrounding
places.

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