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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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It is the venue of Lord Muruga's wedding with Devayani - the lovely daughter of Devendra, the king of gods.  It lies at about 8 km to the south of Madurai and is accessible by all kinds of vehicles.  It is a hill temple deemed the best among the six favorite abodes - Arupadaiveedus of the Lord, since his ace martial career and spiritual eminence were honoured here with a prize that none but he deserved and obtained - the favorite daughter of Trilokadhipathi - Devendra, for killing the formidable demon - Surapadman - a throng in the flesh and causing terrible nightmares to them though they were immortals.

It is a grand shrine beautified with tall gopurams and huge mandapams - the best specimens of Dravidian style of architecture. The Kalyana Mandapam is adorned with a large number of statues of great beauty adding to the splendor of the temple, carved out of a giant rock of unusual dimensions.  The murals narrate many episodes of Murugan's exploits and wedding scenes.  The unique feature of the temple is that abhishekam is performed to the Vel - the potent weapon of the Lord instead to the idol.  The well chiseled form of Muruga feasts the eyes, of the adorers, as he is considered the prince charming among the gods.

On the summit of this pretty hill, there is grand shrine dedicated to Kasi Viswanathar.  Another that lures the viewers is the statue of the famous poet Nakeerar of the Sangam period's reputation.  Lord Muruga seated atop the hill, with his comely spouse is looking afar down at the sacred feet of his illustrious parents - Meenakshi and Sundareswar, who are looking up at him eternally, enjoying the spectacle of the glory of their valorous sons marriage and sports. It is always crowded, as it is considered very auspicious for celebrating marriages and the like.

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