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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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After this they enter the Aierkala Mandapanr - thousand pillared Mandapam - the treasure house of sculpture.  Each pillar seems alive with beautiful carvings.  At the entrance, the patronAryanatha Mudaliar mounted on horse greets them, flanked by the big statues of Kannappar, Bikshadanar, Chandramati, Kuravan and Kuruthi - each is a master piece of high order: The images of Rati-Manmada, Kalipurusha, Mohini, Arjuna are done artistically and it contains many antiques and pieces of art.  The biggest draw is the musical pillars, each making a different musical note when tapped. A superb marvel! To the South of this lies the Mangayarkarasi Mandapam treasuring up beautiful statues of Mangayarkarasi, Koon Pandian, Gnanasambandar and a Lingam.Servaikar Mandapam built by Marutha Pandyas lies next.

Last is the grand 333 x 150 feet Vasantha Mandapam built by the Nayakas.  It is adorned with excellent sculptural pieces suiting the purpose of construction.  It goes by the name of Pudu Mandapam or New gallery.  It is the Spring Resort of the presiding deities.  It is here on a granite pedestal the deities are placed during all the festivals.  It is adorned with several attractive images of Thadathagai, Ravana's lifting Kailas Mount etc, besides the Nayakars who breathed life into many worn-out and dilapidated portions of this grand temple, the like of which is not found anywhere in India. 

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