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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

Its plus points are many.  Among them, the Sthala Vinayakar installed in the innermost prakara is a potent murti, who inspired Muthuswami Dikshitar to compose that inimitable master piece Vatapiganapathimbaje, which is given pride of place in any concert sung by any artiste, at any time in any place.  Another unique feature that greets us here-the huge image of Nandi in standing posture Somakamalambigai, the consort of Thyagarajaswamy is called Padithandal; for, her icon is never taken out in procession.  A befitting name, isn't it?

In the adjoining temple installed the image of Devi Kamalambigai in sitting yogasana posture here we find Navagrahas in a row.  A rarity. In the second prakara there is a shrine for Rudra Druga, to whom worship is offered in Rahukalam alone.  The walls and ceilings are adorned with painting of high craftsmanship.  Outside the prakara there is a separate mini-shrine where the story of Manuneethi Cholan, who held the scales even by driving out the chariot over his son for causing death to a boy by his rash -driving is sculptured.  A never-to-miss-the spot for visitation and prostration to such matchless justice incarnate.

Of the annual festivals celebrated, Panguni Brahmotsavam merits mention.  The car called Azhi Ther in which the Utsavamurti of Thyagarajaswamy is taken out is the biggest in the Tamil Nadu temples. It needs 8000 devout, sturdy men to draw.  It is a rare spectacle that remains in minds for ever, if seen.  With many such unsurpassed splendid features this temple is drawing a steady influx of yatris throughout the year.

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