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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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"By the pressure of your feet when you dance, the earth begins to shake . By the impact of your circling long hands moving like iron beams, the firmament with its stars and planets is overtaken with fear. The heavenly region is struck by the whirling locks of your matted hair, And yet you are dancing for the protection of the Universe! How strange and extra-ordinary seem the ways of this supreme sovereign".

This ecstatic account applauds the purport of dance and the glory of the Lord. Another appreciation from an art critic "Creation arises from the drum; protection proceeds from the hand of hope, from fire proceeds destruction; the foot held aloft gives release and fourth hand points to the lifted foot, the refuge of the soul".

Needless to emphasize that the paths are two, but the goal is same. Hence Tirumular says "Chidambaram is everywhere, everywhere his dance". Siva abides in every individual soul and destroys the pasas or fetters, which bind each individual soul like a Pasa. The burning ground or the Samsara where the Lord dances is the heart and what is burnt is the ego, illusion and Karma.

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