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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

TIRUVANAIKKAVAL

The elephant collected holy waters from Teerthams and conducted Abhishekam to the lingam daily. It removed all the dry leaves and other things falling near the lingam and kept the surroundings always tidy. The spider took its residence on
the Jamhu tree. It constructed a canopy over the lingam in order to prevent dry leaves from dropping on it. 

When the elephant saw the cobwebs, he
tore them down, because he considered them out of place. The spider became angry, crawled into the trunk of the elephant and bit it. The elephant dashed its trunk on the ground and died. So did the spider. Lord Siva, moved by the deep devotion of the two creatures, gave them darsan and blessed them. The elephant got salvation. As an elephant once worshipped the Lord, this place came to be known as Tiruvanaikka meaning "grove of the holy elephant." The present name Tiruvanaikkaval or Tiruvanaikkovil is only a corruption of this ancient name.

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