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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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KANCHIPURAM

HISTORICITY

Though archeological evidence testifies to the existence of thousand shrines and Sangharamas built in the days of Buddha, or even earlier period the recorded histority, with inscriptions dates back to sixth century, when king Mahendra Varman of Pallava dynasty was on the throne, with the title of Chettikari, which means builder of temples.  He built innumerable temples both for Vishnu and Siva after conversion to Saivism by the Saint Appar.  The new found faith held such grip on him that he destroyed a Jain monastery, though he was an ardent Jain previously. His son Narasimhavarman preserved the legacy by constructing many temples at Kancni and monolithic shrines at Mahabalipuram.  

The Kailasaiiatha temple a perfect gem in the elegant Pallava style existing now is the contribution of Narasimhavarman II. Mukteeswar temple and Vaikunta Perumal temple at Vishnu Kanchi are the gifts of Nandi Varman II: The Cholas who followed next also continued building of temples.  The Rastrakutas, Kakatiyas and Pandyan Kings who succeeded them built in their own way.  Then came the rule of Vijayanagara, who not only honoured the practice but added many architectural marvels. The temples of Pandava Perumal temple, Vilakkotai etc. are their contribution to list down a few.  Then appeared on the scene Marathas, Mohammadan and Britishers.  Instead of construction, destruction followed and hence the observance of ruins now everywhere in the famous city.

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