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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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The mid-sea rock lying at a distance of about 600 meters off the temple boasts of two imposing shrines, built to commemorate two great events of global significance. It is an irregularly shaped rock with uneven surface.  On the lower portion stands a modern edifice built in the architectural design of Cholas.  It is called the Sri Pada Mandapam enshrining the holy imprints of the Virgin Goddess.  It has three Prakarams and an impressive Vimanam.  The flag staff holding aloft the triangular saffron flag with symbol AU M in the centre seems beckoning the sight-seers to reach the MOTHER's sannidhi by its constant fluttering. 

There is a projection on surface of the stone resembling human foot and it is surrounded by a Prakara.  It is venerated as sripad; According to legend, it is here the Virgin Goddess performed penance for gaining extraordinary powers.  There is a belief current in these parts that the original temple was built on this rock, but it was abandoned due to the encroachment of sea in courses of centuries.  The present temple on the main land was built by some ruler of great fame in the dim past.

Impressed by the puranic account, or rather prompted by theistic urge, Swami Vivekananda ventured to reach it across the sea, thundering with turbulent waves and infested with crocodiles by swimming.  All alone! He had nothing with him then to pay for the ferry-man.  On reaching, he did penance for three days sans food and was inspired to go to the west for spiritual conquest. He...did. He owes his spectacular victory, needless to say to the MOTHER'S blessings.  That remarkable feat brought undying fame both to him and the country that gave birth to such illustrious son.

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