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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

NANDANAR EPISODE

The devotion of Nanda is another brilliant example of Lord's boundless compassion for his adorers. Nanda was a paria by birth, but by bhakti he was the god's favorite son. He lived in a village near Tiruppangur In those days, the high caste Brahmins never allowed them into temple precincts. Yet he was worshipping the Lord of Tiruppangur, visiting daily. This practice he continued for long. He was satisfied in adoring the Lord standing at the entrance and particularly unseen by those arrogant, superstitious spiritual bankrupts - brahmin priests. This practice he continued for long, yet his heart yearned for full darsan of the Lord in his resplendent form. Having been pleased with his adoration, the Lord one day asked his sentinel to bid his mount Nandi, sitting straight opposite move a little aside for giving darsan to him. Nandi moved further and Nanda enjoyed the sight and fulfilled his life's ambition. And he was then advised to go to Chidambaram for emancipation. He reached it, adored Him and attained Sayujyam - merging his soul in the Lord at the end. His statue is placed in the temple.

And moreover the Tiruppangur temple is treasuring up this evidence here the Nandi is not sitting opposite the Lord as seen in Siva temples, but a few feet aside from the Lord. Further, the sentinel - Dwarapalaka is sculptured in the pose of bending: his head leftwards to listening to the bidding of the Lord. This pans was canonized, and he is one of the 64 Nayanmars - the adorers of Siva with a great difference. There are many more, rather hundreds of such striking real examples of adorers who were lifted, liberated and made to live in the form of images in Siva temples for correction by the erring. The Nayanmars, in fact, heightened the glory of the Lord by their personal privation. They are standing specimens of pure devotion. Hence forming the first line of the horde of adorers.

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