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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

TIRUVANNAMALAI

Thereupon Parvati came to Arunachala Hill and Sage Gautama expounded the greatness of Arunachala Hill to her. It is further said that when Parvati was in penance at the Hill, Demon Mahishasura came to the place and caused mischief. So Parvati took the form of Mother Durga and killed Mahishasura. As Mahishasura was a devotee of Lord Siva, Sage Gautama advised Parvati to strike her sword against the Arunachala Hill by way of atonement. It was done. At once a Teertham was formed at the spot and it came to be known as the Khadga Teertham.

On Krittika Nakshatra in the month of Karttika, Lord Siva became visible to Parvati in the form of a Jyoti. On that day, the chief festival of Tiruvannamalai is conducted. On that occasion, a huge beacon is lighted at the top of the hill in commemoration of the Jyoti. Tiruvanna - malai is also the place chosen by Sri Ramana Maharshi for his spiritual practices and stay. The Ramanashram is situatedon a side of Arunachala Hill.

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