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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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KANYAKUMARI

THE FESTIVALS AND TIMINGS 

The temple celebrates several festivals during the year.  Of them, the Vaisaka festival tops the list and it lasts for 10 days.  It falls in May-June and it is then the utsavamurthi is taken out in procession through the main streets.  Both in morning and nights. On the ninth day, the Car Festival is celebrated on a grand scale and participated by devotees in thousands coming from far and near.  The Float Festival, another star attraction marks the conclusion of this Vaisaka Festival.

To commemorate the death of the demon-Bana, Navarathri festival is celebrated.  It is equally important, or rather more glamorous than the first one.  It is celebrated during September- October every year. The festival reaches the apex of gaiety, when the antique-spirit of antiquity appear on the scene. Everything in the township then wears a new look and turns out colourful with several rituals performed throughout.  The deity is taken out in procession to Mahadanapuram, away 4 km from the temple.  The priests re-enact the Banasura Vadha is such splendor that it draws several thousands every year, who lustily partake in all the activities of the temple.  There are many other festivals celebrated throughout the year as done in Saktipithas of fame.
 

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