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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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Palani, the dissyllable word that treasures up several legends and myths is a combination of two meaningful words PALA-NEE, It means 'Thou art the fruit' -- you are the fruit of knowledge, as the context goes.  This sacred word dropped from the holy lips of Lord Siva, when Subrahmanya, his pet son abused the parents for giving the fruit to Vinayaka as prize for making a mere single round of the parents, amounting to Bhupradakshina according to sastras, whereas he actually went round the world mounted on his peacock, in conformity with conditions laid down for winning the prize.  The word, thus game into existence subsequently referred to the august seat of Subrahmanya, popularly called Muruga, and acquired such immense spiritual significance that it became one of the most visit-worthy pilgrimage centres of our Bharat. 

As his glory started spreading so fast and great through miracles, he has been performing ever since he made this sacred hill as his eternal abode, that it totally eclipsed the importance of the centuries-old shrines, and in certain cases many paled into insignificance.  Nay they are shining like glow-worms before the sun the temple is.  To be precise, he became the darting god of both class and mass, that there is no home in Tamil Nadu without knowing or adoring him with utmost veneration. 

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About Palani
You are Here! Uniqueness.Pg.1
Kalidas's Version
Valmiki's Version
Agni Episode
Kritikas Episode
The Legend...Pg.1
The Legend...Pg.2
The Temple
The Mulavar
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