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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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FOREWORD

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
Commissioner

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