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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

ANTIQUITY

Halasya Mahatmya in Sanskrit and Thiruvilayadal in Tarnil deal elaborately with the sanctity of this place inhabited by gods and goddesses from the Vedic period onwards.  In the pouranic age it was a primeval forest, outgrown with Kadamba trees and was the habitat of the Goddess Parvathi, so was adored as Kadamba Vana Vasini. The Pandyan Kings who ruled this region were valorous and brought under their banner the entire Dakshinapatha.  During the reign of Kulasekhara Pandya, a merchant by name Dhanunjai on his way back home found Indra worshipping a Swayambhu Sivalinga at the spot of the present temple ; and when reported to the king, he decided to locate it.  

And on the very same night, he was advised by Lord Siva himself to build a temple there for worship.  With implicit faith and unbounded devotion he started his quest for the Swayambhu linga and found it at last.  And he saw there a serpent near Sivalinga too.  Deeming it the correct location, he installed the Sivalinga on the spot, where the tail and the mouth of the serpent joined after crawling over a long area.  The temple that was built then, occupied the entire area of the serpent moved, while the king observed.  It was so planned and laid out that it resembles a lotus flower in design with the temple in the centre.  Besides, he named the town that came up around the temple, Madhura or Madurai, due to the fact of drops of the nectar falling from Maheswar's matter hair, while advising to build the temple in his dream.

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