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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

HISTORICITY

The temple - this magnificent auditorium - though was in vogue in the vedic age, its known glory in records begins with the visit of Hiranya Chakravathi of Kashmir around 508 A.D. His mention of the curative effects of the waters of Pushkarini called here Sivaganga Thirtham gives credence to the fame of this great Saivate shrine. It was then called by different names, like Thillai, Perumpathapuliyur, Pundarikapuram, Vyagrapuram etc.

Historical evidence is copious, but it begins only with the early 10th century, when the Chola King Parantaka I made rich endowments to the temple, besides providing golden roof to the Karuvarai. Later, the Lord being the house hold deity of Cholas, they improved it from time to time. Krishna Deva Raya built the North gopuram, and the east gopuram by Sundara Pandya.

Later in the 10th century when it was under jurisdiction of Hyderali and French its importance declined, rather being Mlechchas, they converted the holy shrine into military barracks, as evidenced by Shri Eyre Coote, who tried to break the walls with connons in 1781, but could not, and so was driven out in the end. This establishes the truth that the spiritual might is greater than physical. Later it was brought under the control of the commissioner for Endowments of Government of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Administration Department.

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