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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

VEDARANYAM

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When Rama prostrated before the linga, Lord Siva took his real form and told Rama that the Rakshasas were all Brahmins and that was why Brahmahatti followed him. He also advised him to bathe in the Mani- karnika and adore the Shivalinga, to be freed of the sin. He added that a bath at won in it would bestow mighty strength and that it was equal to a bath at Banaras in the morning hours. On a request made by Rama, Lord Siva consented to be stationed there forever for the benefit and salvation of all human beings, and merged into the linga itself.

Rama took a holy bath in the sacred water, of the Manikarnika in the company of the sages and monkeys worshipped the linga and were freed of the sin of Brahminicide. This place came to be called Adi Setu to distinguish it from the Setu built by Nala to take Rama's hosts to Lanka.

During the deluge, the Vedas, Sastras and the Puranas took shelter under this linga, and reappeared from here when God created the world again. This linga is a permanent one and suffers no destruction even during the deluge (Yugapralayam). It is interesting to note that when a few years ago a Cyclone deluged the town of Vedaranyam, not a drop of water entered into the temple, which gave shelter to thousands of refugees.

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