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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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Leaving this sculptural Museum behind, the visitors enter the spiritual world to feast their eyes with the sublime sight of the Omni Compassionate Lord siva.  The outer prakaram is studded with scores of adorable divinities - each is a piece of art and enhances the sanctity of the place Among them, the huge statues of Saraswathi, Durgai, Siddhar, Lakshmi, Kasiviswanathar, Lingodbhava Murthi, Nayanmars are deservedly famous and paying homage to each is to be considered a MUST It also preserves the holy Kadamba tree in addition to having a big yagasala, Kanakasabha and Arukal Peedam, where the Thiruvilayadal Puranam was inagurated. 

Offering obeisance to each Murthi, they enter Valliamballam, where they greet first Lord Nataraja in the dancing pose to the right side.  It is said that Lord Nataraja danced with the right leg at the request of King Rajasekhara fandya in contravention to the usual practice of the left leg.  This representation stands an eloquent testimony of Lord's All- benevolence - Bahktavasankar is 6haktavasankar. Always! And out beaten too!! They enter next the garbha griha of Lord Sundareswar giving darsan in the form of Linga.  This holy abode of his is consecreted and supported by 64 bhootaganas, 32 lions and 8 elephants.  This august phallus is called by several names such as Chokkanathar, Karpurachokkar, Sundareswar, Siva, Maheswara and adored with great fervour. 

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