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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

VI. TIRUTTANI

This is one of the six reputed Hill temples of Lord Muruga, occupying a much coveted place in legends and devotional literature.  It has atleast fourteen names such as Neeladri, Senkalvagiri, Neelotpalagiri, Kavimalai, Kallaragiri, Thanikachalam etc., the last refers to a place of solitude, where Muruga settled down for peace and relaxation after vanquishing surapadma.  It was called Thanigai meaning thereby, aloofness the Lord's special preference for solitude to leading a peaceful, graceful, easeful life on hill tops.  

Hence Nakkirar sings of HIM as the Lord of Mountains.  It is here he reveals one of the unique facets of his multidimensional personality-the sublime artiste displaying his pro6cency in playing on many musical instruments.  The famous Gandamadana Hill near Kailas, his boyhood home is found inferior to this.  He narrates the glories of this kshetra to Valli, his lovely spouse.  

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