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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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Legends take us back to the Satya Yuga, when Bana, the dreadful demon King exercised his sovereignty over this region.  On obtaining boons from the Lord of Kailas, he changed himself into a prototype of Yama to the righteous people - he tortured the devout and innocent day in and day out.  The hermitages - his principal targets were converted into dreary deserts and burial grounds.  On account of desecrating Yagnagundas, abducting of women, mutilating of children and burning of Parnasalas together with hindering of meditation, the sages and their followers never lived in peace.  

In short, life became a curse for them were the Devas spared? Devendra was driven out of his kingdom and the astadikpalakas were made his henchmen.  The Mother Earth, as it were quivered with his asura krityas, and wailed before Lord MahaVishnu, along with devas.  Pitying, He then advised the afflicted Bhumata to propriate Parasakthi to bringing destruction on him.  And added that she alone could do; for, he received such powerful boons that none can destroy him, much less subdue, at any time.  Devas lost not time in implementing the Lord's counsel, and they performed yagas with all austerity due, to win the favours of Parasakti.  Pleased with their ardor, she assured them of immediate action on him.  Realising Bana's invincibility by virtue of potent boons, she descended to the Land's End, considered to be holy and strategic to do penance for gaining extra-ordinary powers, before entering the arena to combat with that formidable demon. 

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