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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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MADURAI

THE LEGEND OF CAR FESTIVAL

It has a special reason and awe-some back ground that heightens its glory.  Once, it appears Devendra incurred displeasure to Brihaspathi - the Devaguru In consequence, he was defeated by Vritra with the support of Nalwsha.  Nahusha, in his power lust dethroned Vrithra and became King.  And he went to the extent of claiming Indrani as his property. Chaste Indrani restored to a device to get rid of that lustful beast - asked him to 46 visit her in Palanquin borne by the Saptarishis. The egoistic Nahausha insulted them while carrying.  They cursed him to turn into a serpent.  In the mean time, Indra realizing the glory of Kadambavana - the abode of Siva descended and worshipped him. 

Pleased with his ardor, Siva giving back his kingdom, blessed him with the privilege of worshipping him on the auspicious Chitra Pournami for success and bliss.  He did And since then this festival has gained special significance, and confers bliss, if Siva is worshipped on this auspicious day.  This ten-day festival recreates the marriage of goddess Meenakshi to Lord Siva, when the charming deities are taken out in carved and exotically decorated wooden chariot pulled along the main streets by thousands of devotees.  Devout bhaktas feel their life attains charithartha, if avail the sight of that grand chariot and worship the pods then. 

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