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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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Normally devotees enter through the Astha Sakthi Mandapam, facing the east.  The sculptural representation of the wedding of Meenakshi Sundareswar adorning the entrance affords a grand sight and promises many more marvels inside.  Just below are seen the images of Ganesh and Muruga.  As the much-adored eight Sakthis adorn the pillars on two sides, it is called the Ashtasakti Mandapam.

The walls are beautified with the paintings and images of several gods.  Crossing this, they step into the Meenakshi Naicker Mandapam. The idols of Siva and Parvathi in their hunting attire installed in the hall beckon their attention invariably. Then they enter the Mudali Pillai Mandapam.  Among the beautiful carvings found here, the images of Muruga, Vinayaka, and the builder Kandanathi Mudaliar deserve attention.  Next comes the Golden Lotus tank called Potramaraikulam. It is in this tank Lord Devendra bathed and worshipped the deities with the golden lotuses, for purification.

It has a fascinating fast, and tradition attributes it to having the powers of judgement. It was used as legends say, to judge the literary works.  Manuscripts when thrown into it, meritorious works used to float on its discerning wagers; while the inferior ones were sinking like stones.  Ah! what a tank! How grand was its verdict! This is surrounded by long corridors.  The pillars of the Northern corridor are adorned with the figures of 24 poets of the third Tamil Sangam.  Along with them, the figures of Dhanurijai, the merchant who discovered the linga in the Kadambavana and Kulasekhara Pandyan responsible for building the temple and city are found.  They merit reverence. 

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