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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

This Mother was brought up as son arid she ruled, warred and felled several emperors before encountering Maheswar and getting united with him in wedlock.  So the land and her rule became doubly sacred; for it was this region, converted by Lord Maheswar into auditorium for enacting his 64 plays to lifting the Saranagathas; it is to this temple several illustrious monarchs endowed lavishly in all forms and made it the foremost timple of unparalleled beauty and glory; it is this shrine that stands unsurpassed in sculptural adornments and architectural marvels covering an area of 847 x 792 feet, encircled by massive outer walls with four tall towers; it is this place deemed as a great centre of Tamil culture; it is this place visited by almost all spiritual dignitaries; it is this region drenched by the waters of river Vaigai blessing the people with bumper crops, sumptuous verdure and colourful landscapes; it is this holy place reputed as one of the Saktipitas; it is this hallowed place that was the capital of Pandyan Kingdom for centuries; it was here a warrior Pandiyan Emperor performed Aswamedhyaga under the august aegis of Agasthya; it was this holy land that went by the name of Kadamba Vana during the Pouranic age; it was here Indra worshipped Maheswar and got back his throne; it was here alone Nataraja danced with his right leg at the solicitation of King Rajasekhara Pandya; it was this place, where goddess Saraswathi bestowed her lustrue on 48 poets, who formed the much-renowned Sangam; it is this place that witnessed the rule of Muruga under the name of Ugra Pandya; it is this pilgrimage centre that can be rightly called Harihara kshetra on account of several temples built both for Siva and Vishnu.  Numerous are the marvels that this Mokshapuri demonstrated to the world with Siva as the protagonist of every piece.

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