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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

SARANGAPANI TEMPLE 

The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and it is richly ornamented.  The twelve - tiered tower built, to a height of t 17 feet is quite imposing. The temple contains several ornamental figures and two big chariots of supreme craftsmanship. It was built by Nayak Kings, whose munificent patronage bewilders the viewers.  It has two majestic entrances - one on the Southern, and the other to the Northern sides. Strange to observe the practice that the visitors are made to enter the temple through the Southern during the Uttaranyana months - 14th Jan to 15th July, and through Northern during the Dakshinayana period - 16th July to 13th Jan. it is a big temple covering an are, of about 3 acres with two prakaras. The fore and the rear of the sanctum sanctorum is so sculptured to resemble a chariot fitted with whells and horses ma they seem ready for an aerial flight. The stone-cutters workmanship is worthy of appreciation. This shaped garbha griha has a strange legend and publish, the world that Lord Sri Mahavishnu is bhaktaparadeena and grants the desires, if properly invoked. 

According to legend, Sage Hemarishi of great spiritual standing desired to see Sri Mahavishnu with Saranga in his hand. He did penance here and when the Lord was pleased, he descended in his chariot direct to the spot where the sage was doing penance.  Hence the chariot shaped sanctum.  There is a sculptural representation of this fascinating legend in the temple. Among the others deserving an indispensable darsan is the Aravamudar image installed in a separate beautiful shrine.  The special feature of the icon of Aravamudar is that he is in the posture of rising in hurry to giving darsan to Saint Tirumalisai Alwar. Ah what a kingship! How benign is the Lord!! And how much power the devotion embodies!!!

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