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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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Vedaranyam is one of the five temples where Muchukunda installed the Sphatika lingam he brought from heaven. It is placed in the iron chest secured by three huge locks.

Once, after the Archakas went home after Puja, the Deepa was about to go out. The Lord told Parvati that anybody who would
kindle the flame of the Deepa and make it brighter would become the lord of the three worlds. A rat approached it and, with the idea of drinking the ghee in the Deepa, dragged the wick with its mouth as a result of which the Deepa was rekindled. Parvati asked Siva to keep his word. The Lord blessed the rat to be born as son to King Virochana. This child of Virochana was Mahabali who became Lord of the three worlds. It is therefore believed that the people who light deepams in this shrine of the Lord of Vedavana attain unique fame and supremacy.

When Rama returned from Lanka a black feminine human form as tall as a palmyra tree followed him. Rama came to know that it was Veerahatti (sin of killing heroes and warriors). While Rama was preparing for enshrining and establishing another linga with a view to be freed of this sin, an oracle directed Rama to go first to Ayodhya where Bharata was preparing to enter the fire if Rama did not return to Ayodhya in time, and then return to Vedavana to establish a linga there for being freed of the Veerahatti sin, Rama
went to Ayodhya, appeased Bharata and crowned himself as the king of Ayodhya and ruled the country.

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