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The Temples Of Tamilnadu
Index Author
Invocation Foreword
Introduction Melmaruvathur
Tiruvannamalai Tirukkoilur
Chidambaram Vaideeswaran Koil
Sirkali Tanjore
Kumbhakonam Kancheepuram
Srirangam Palani
Madurai Tiruchendur
Rameswaram Suchindram
Kanyakumari A Bird's-Eye View
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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A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF SOME SHRINES SUPERB

I.  SANKARAN KOIL

Hari and Hara are one and the  same.  Differences between them are none, although shapes they take differ and dwellings they made vary.  Each has an office august, yet dissimilar in function and purport.  To match the temper and tenor of work, they differ significantly in life styles.  One is given to ostentation-aadambara, whereas the other is the simplicity incamate -niraadambara.  To see these diametrical opposites in one form is indeed a sight marvelous. Its conception defies description and tills the soul with sampurnanand.

Such state was ardently desired by Mother Parvathi once.  She desired to feast her eyes with Vishnu and Siva in one single form -- two persons in one murti.  But how to? In order to fulfill her ambition, she embarked upon doing penance. Though it seems simple, very hard to endure.  She did.  It was a hard 9-day penance and started in the month of Adi, and on the full moon day, there appeared before her in the Sankaranarayan form, as she desired.  It was a grand sight and this eyeful spectacle she enjoyed, became the cause of emergence of a holy temple called Sankaran koil.  It is an ancient temple-vast in occupation and splendid in sculptural adornments.

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