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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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KUMBHAKONAM

ADI KUMBHESWARA TEMPLE

Let us begin with Kumbheswarar Koil; fo the city owes its life and name to Siva.  The much-hallowed Sivalingam is in the shape of kumbha - pot, made of Earth mixed with Amrit and water by Brahma himself on the advice of Lord Siva. Just below this much exalted lingam, the idol of Nataraja is installed.  According to the Periapuranam of Sekkizhar, with the approach the great Deluge - Mahapralaya, Lord Brahma was terribly upset and totally paralyzed at the very thought of total destruction to the universe.  And if everything including the seed were to be destroyed, how would the universe be recreated? How to protect the seed? Who could save this? Perturbed with this puzzling problem, he approached Lord Siva for solution.  

Lord Siva then advised him to make a pot with earth and water along with Amrit and to decorate it with thread before keeping a coconut over the mango leaves and Kusagrass placed on the pot; this sacred Kumbha filled with Amrit to be kept hanging from a net, tied to a tree on the Meru Mountain.  It must be worshipped with bilwa leaves.  Done this, recreation problem would be solved. Though implemented, it was carried away and broken, the, mango leaves, coconut, Kusa grass etc., fell at different Maces, They became sacred thirthas later.  When Brahma made an intensive search for it, he found it where the present Kumbheswar temple stands.

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