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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

ANTIQUITY

KALIDAS' VERSION

There are several legends embodying the birth of Subrahmanya - the Commander-in-chief of Devasana, and the necessity of his presence, when the Devas were feeling every second a living death due to the atrocious acts of danavas.  And the authors too are of no mean distinction.  According to one legend, he was the son of Uma and Maheswar.  He was born only' to put an end to the atrocities of Taraka, a cruel demon, who perpetrated countless wicked acts on devas for years.  When the entire amarakula was totally debilitated, they sought the advice of Lord Srimannarayanan, who counseled that the son born to Lord Siva alone would kill that remorseless Danava.

But Siva was doing penance after the self immolation of Sati, reborn as Parvathi.  And she was offering worship to Lord Siva at the behest of her father Himavan.  They utilized the services of Manmatha to awaken his love instincts. Poor Manmatha was burnt to ashes, when the Lord opened his third eye as punishment for disturbing his tapas, yet in the end Siva was wedded to Parvathi and the son begotten to them became the Chief-Marshal of Amarasena, who vanquished Taraka; and the devas breathed freely.  Devendra gave his daughter Devasena to the valorous Subrahmanya in wedding then.  This legend was immortalized by Kalidas in his Kumarasambhava.

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