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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

VII. SRIVILLIPUTTUR

Pure devotion can win anything, even the hand of God and enables bhaktas merging in that Highest HIM.  This is exemplified here in this temple town.  Of the eighteen highly venerated Vaishnava sthalas, Srivilliputtur takes pride of place; for, it is the birth place of two illustrious Alwars the most worshipful Perialwar and his adorable daughter Andal, who lived and adored the Lord with unprecedented devotion. 

Perialwar immortalized the beauty and glory of this kshetra in several songs, that bring out its colourful environs, dotted with flower gardens, orchards and crystal clear water ponds: It is this place where learned Veda pandits dwelt and to be born here one has to do great periyar says the Alwar man or deva, if he does not worship here will be deemed inert and worse sage Manduka attained Daiva sakshatkara.  It is here the famous Tiruppavai-prayer hymns was authored by Andal along with other songs that have adorned the Nalaira Divya Prabandam.  And these very songs are sung in Tamil Nadu temples during Margali month even today. 

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