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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

SURYANAR KOIL

Man is made of five elements-water, fire, earth, sky and light.  Despite embodying powers to rule the universes, he is ruled by Navagrahas-nine planets.  He has to be at their feet-he is what they make of him.  They can be neither over-powered nor by-passed.  It is only by appeasing them with both bahya and manasapuja, he can acquire wealth A any kind; prosperity in any field; peace of both mental and physical, and longevity-bodily and reputation ally.

All these planets influencing the destinies of mankind are enshrined in a modest sized temple called Suryanarkoil.  It is the only temple in the Dakshinapatha, exclusively dedicated to the Sungod and Usha Devi and Pratyusha Devi-his consorts along with the other eight grahas, each in a separate shrine around the main one.  Though unostentatious, it has a tower and prakaram etc.  At the entrance, a horse- the divine vehicle of Lord Sun greets us, like the Nandi in Sivalayas and Hanuma in Ramalayas.  The main mandir enshrining the Sun God facing west, is surrounded by separate shrines for Rahu, Ketu, Chandra  Angaraka, Buddha, Sani, Sukra and Brihaspathi.

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