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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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ALAGARKOIL: Built atop the hill. this favorite Vaishnava shrine is drawing pilgrims and tourists throughout the year.  It is 20 km off the Meenakshi temple.  This temple is dedicated to Sundararajan, popular as Alagar.  Legend has that he is the brother of Meenakshi and is adored with unbounded reverence both by Vaishnavates and Saivates.  The reason is not far to seek.  It is here in this temple alone the Moolavar is found in three postures - standing, reclining and sitting. 

A unique feature, found nowhere in Hindu India.  Elaborate prayer services in accordance with agamas are offered and there is perennial attraction for all classes of devotees. Another unique feature that enthralls the asthikas is that he is taken in procession with unparalleled fervour from here to Madurai on the Chitra Pournami Day which is a star attraction, when people in millions participate in this grand festival; for it was on this day his sister Meenakshi married Sundareswar.  This festival lasting for 10 days is celebrated at both the places - Madurai and Alagarkoil. 

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