Tamil Nadu is a state renowned for
its rare temple culture; manifesting itself in lofty structures, massive prakaras, high towers, sacred
thirthas, hoary antiquity of Mulavars, offering of several kinds of prayers and celebrating festivals and the
like. There are hundreds of temples that beckon indispensable visitation for a wide variety of
reasons. Perhaps due to limited space, the author included only sixteen, but the selection is good.
Yet I wish for the inclusion of some more major temples, like Thiruttani, Sholingar, Thirukkaikundram,
Thiruvaiyur, Srivilliputhur, Srivaikuntham etc. and it would be a service to the pilgrims, if he
focuses light on others also in the similar manner.
As his approach unlocks the treasure-house and sheds adequate light on the hallowed
UNIQUENESS of the temples; it helps to catch a full glimpse of their past, and adds to the pleasures of
visiting and enjoying of bliss. Prof. K.K. Moorthy who visited them all several times during his stay in
Tamil Nadu for decades has seen them in the right perspective. He imbibed the divinity emanating from
each temple to a great satisfaction and so the book turns out a satisfactory one, catering to the
needs of ardent devotees and joyous tourists, who feel enthralled at the sculptural marvels and
architectural excellences, adorning the age-old temples of Tamil nadu, when visited.
His rich experience and sincere ardour to helping the theistic community deserve praise.
Wishing for many more such books, I bless him heartily, anticipating to see more soon.
(sd) V. Ramados