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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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On the walls of the southern corridor there are marble slabswith inscriptions of Tirukkural on them. The sacred Unjal Mandapam lies to the west of the golden tank.  On Fridays the gold images of Meenakshi and Sundareswar are brought here and worshipped.  In the balcony of the western side, there are figures of Queen Mangamma and her Minister Ramappan.  Adjacent to this is the Kilikothu Mandapam, where the parrots are kept.  The pillars are adorned with the well chiseled figures of Panchapandavas, Vali, Sugriva, Droupadi The mural paintings on the walls and ceiling are worth seeing. 

They enter now the much hallowed Mother Meenakshi's abode.  At the entrance stands the three-storied tower and in the outer prakaram there are huge images of sentinels, Tirumala Nayakar etc.  Thiruppugal stanzas are inscribed on the walls of the Koodal Kumarar shrine.  The Mother's Karuvarai lies to the west and the life-size image in standing posture adorned with dazzling jewels enthrals the viewers.  The stone-cutter's artistry is a standing tribute to the sculptural art and an invaluable gift to the idolaters.  

The charms of the fish-eyed goddess are so captivating that the viewers rivet their gaze on her long.
Leaving the mandir, they walk towards the Sundareswarar Mandir. On their way the image of Mukkuruni Vinayakar arrest their attention with his unusual proportions.  It is eight feet in height and pleasant to look at.  According to temple history it was fuund by Thirurnaia Nayakar, while digging the Vandiyoor Teppakulam In the outer prakaram they are many mini-shrines enshrining the images of adorable personages.

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