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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 Kumbheswarar temple is situated in the centre of the city. It has four Prakarams and scores of minishrines with big Mandapams. The main tower is 128 feet high and it dominates the city by its height and beauty.  And is seen for miles around. The famous Sthalavriksha - Vanni tree is found in the third prakaram, which houses a beautiful shrine with a huge icon of Vinayaka. It is locally known as Adi Vinayaka here, perhaps for the reason, similar ones in other places came only next to it in point of time. 

The temple contains many worth - seeing sculptural marvels bearing the stamp of Dravidian style. Of them, the Navagraha mandapam treasures up a master piece.  A single stone adorned with the carvings of the 27 Nakshtras and 12 Rasis is the biggest draw of this temple.  Another, the Subrahmanya image with six heads but six hands, and stone cut Nandaswarams - done artistically attract the visitors and receive due veneration.  The Pujas and Festivals are performed according to Agamic injunctions. And they are performed with devotion due.

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