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That Lord Siva To Be Adored
Index Author
Introduction Sivaparatattva And Its Import
Linga Puja Types of Linga
Materials For Making Linga Sivaparthivopasana
Sivabanopasana Sivalingopasana
Sivasakaropasana Siva Pancha - 
murthyopasana
Forms of Siva Modes of Siva Puja
Principal Names Of Siva Siva Mahima
Sivashta Murthis Kshitimurti
Chindambaram Tiruvannamalai
Tiruvanaikaval  Srikalahasti
Khatmandu The Suryamurti
Chandramurti Dwadasa Jyotrilingas
Pancharama Kshetras Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh Haryana
Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh
Bihar West Bengal
Assam Tripura
Bhuvaneswar Madhya Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh Tamilnadu
Pondicherry Karnataka
Kerala Goa
Maharashtra Gujarat
Indonesia Sri Lanka
Vietnam Appendix
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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CHIDAMBARAM - THE SEAT OF AAKASALINGA

The Temple Complex

This temple covering a vast area of 39 acres is in the heart of this city.  Its courtyards are quite spacious, accommodating several shrines and mini-shrines built in it.  It is surrounded by massive walls with four big, tank called Sivaganga tank measuring 175 x 100 feet in the North with a fine colonnade around,  beautified with mini-shrines.  Of the two gopurams the North and the South ones are of 160 feet high and have the carvings of the 108 dance poses.  A unique feature!  A great honour to Natya Sastra !!  Their sculptural beauty too is of high quality.  It has five principal sabhas halls, and are called by different and appropriate names, such as Kanakasabha, Chit sabha, Nritya sabha, Deva sabha and Raja sabha.  The highly venerated image of Nataraja is enshrined in the Chit sabha and it is garbha griha in common parlance.  It is here the Lord performed his Cosmic Dance first, and behind the idol and separated from it by a black screen, there is found the Aakaasalinga.  To be true, there is no Sivalinga at all, except golden chains adorning the wall, but we are made to believe that there lies something in nothing.  That is mysticism and it is the glory of Hinduism.  Sages and seekers of Truth, availed the vision of that august Aakaasamurti and pronounced that only true devotion realise God, the Almighty.

 

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