Now comes Tamil
Nadu, the cradle of Dravidian culture, packed to its bounds by temples, temples
and temples; for all gods and goddesses. And of every denomination, as a matter
of fact. Of the 25 states of the Indian Union, it is the only state that claims
first row, first seat, first merit, first rank etc., if ever the question of
number of temples with a wide variety of traditions is mooted for recognition
and reward. It is justified.
built, patronised and endowed by the mightiest rulers of yore are gigantic in
dimensions, stately with sculptural adornments, and splendiferous in
architecture. Rising to enormous heights, they seem engaged in colloquy with the
high heavens with their multi-tiered gopuras, to recounting the magnanimity of
the patrons, fine artistry of the sculptors, and piety of the people.