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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

VEDARANYAM

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In the south-western comer of the temple, in the inner prakaram, there is a shrine of Siva in a standing posture, behind a bull,
having Parvati standing on the left side, known as Kakshi Kodutta Nayanar (God who gave darsan to devotees). This is a peculiar pose of Siva seen in some temples of the South.

In the temple there is a pillar made in a peculiar way, with round stone of about 27 inches in height and 12 in girth, which could be turned round and round. The belief is that if barren ladies turn it for some time, they beget children.

There is an imposing idol of Goddess Gajalakshmi in the northwest comer of the outer prakaram, which is on a raised platform. Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth and as such should be the custodian of the temple wealth and jewels. Therefore, she is placed over an underground vault where at the time of emergency the temple jewelry and valuables are kept hidden. The passage leading to the vault is cut through a wall at -the rear of the deity, not easy to locate. In the same room there is an idol of Saturn (whose wrath could make a king a beggar and a beggar a king) probably to terrify the probable miscreants, if any.

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