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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

HISTORICITY

The origin of the city and its reputed temple dates back to legendary times.  Of course, till the seventh century, a temple of modest size existed.  Its expansion started during the reign of Sundarapandyan in the 12th century.  The big towers rose upbetween 13th and 16th centuries.  The celebrated Nayaka rulers made innumerable additions, like Ashta Sakti Mandapam, Thousand Pillared Mandapam, Puthu Mandapam, Vandiyoor Teppakulam, Nayakkar Mahal etc, during their period lasting for 200 long years.  In the year 1877, the wealthy Nagarthar families took up the mission of renovation.  And beautified it with impressive structures besides completing the incomplete ones.  Later in 1960-63, a committee worked under the aegis of PT Rajan attended to the repairs of the towers and painted them artistically making it majestic and imposing. 

It -added a new Mandapam and dedicated it to Mangayarkarasi.  To be true, seeing the old art pieces treasured up in the Art Museum is itself a soul-lifting experience, and according to experts they are master-pieces made to last for all times, unsurpassed in exquisite craftsmanship and superb finish.   This Meenakshi-Sundareswar Temple one of the biggest temple- complexes in India is a twin temple. The shrine in the southern side is dedicated to Mother Meenakshi and the adjoining one is to Lord Sundareswar.  In size and sculpture, it is second to none but to itself.

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