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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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CHIDAMBARAM

It is to this shrine the four great Saiva Samaya Acharyas - Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar and Manikkavachakar are intimately connected and produced master pieces eulogizing their respective paths Charya, Kriya, Yoga and Gnana; it is on this temple towers the entire dance history through 108 modes of dance are carved with descriptions as given in the Bharata Natya Sastra; it is this kshetra, that gave liberation to several hundreds of devotees, like Sage Nanda and Tirunilakandanayanar, Vyagrapada, Patanjali etc., it is to this temple Chola Kings made liberal endowments, like adorning the roof with god plates; it is here according to inscriptions Hiranya Varma Chakravarthi of Kashmir was cured of his leprosy with a single bath in temple Pushkarini as back as in 500 A.D; it is to this temple Nattukotti Chettiars vied with the royal families to making endowments, such as covering the ceiling with gold etc., it is this presiding Lord that was ardently worshipped by imperial monarchs as the family deity; it is here the King dancer - Nataraja propounded the theory and function of dance forms, representing energy, rhythm, harmony and orderliness; for, he treats the world as his stage and dance, representing the Primeval rhythmic energy. 

And he dances to keeping up the life of cosmos, and it is to this temple, donors deemed it a great privilege to employing master builders, whose craftsmanship left it a sculptural treasure house and architectural museum. Emerged thus as a monumental piece of superb art, and a spiritual haven of supreme significance, it is lifting the devout from the abyss of grief by releasing them from the vicious circle of births and deaths, since the Vedic times.

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