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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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According to tradition Nataraja emerged from this place. Hence sanctity. The sanctum of Devi Sivakama Sundari lies to the left of Nataraja's icon. The beauty of the Murthis in glittering jewels and gorgeous robes feast the eyes. Behind the image of Nataraja, there is a chakra. The stone steps built to ascend the Chit Sabha are five in number and mystically represent the five letters of the Panchakshara mantra Om Na ma si va ya. The doors bear the embossed representation of the Sages-Vyagrapada and Patanjali. Adjacent to it lies the Kanaka Sabha, where pujas are offered. The ceiling and roofs of these two are covered with gold plates and go by the name of Ponnambalam.

The Raja Sabha measuring 103 metres by 58 metres is housed in 1000 pillared hall. It is here Sekkilar recited his Periapuranam, according to tradition. The Nritya Sabha comes next and it is richly sculptured. It houses the image of Nataraja in Urdhava Tandahava pose. Here the stones are pulsating with rhythm and life. It is fitted with wheels and horses resembling a chariot. There is a big shrine here for Govindaraja Perumal and it is grand, and rich in sculptural adornments. The last is the DevaSabha - a spacious hall meant for the celebration important festivals.

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