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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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Though this sacred region has been abounding in famous thirthas and sacred spots right from the dawn of creation, it is only from the Tretayuga its fame started spreading far and near.  In the dim past it was a primeval forest overgrown with rich verdure. Abduction of Mother Sita by the ten - headed demon Ravana brought Ayodhyapati Rama to this end of sacred Ind.

On reaching the Dhanushkodi, Rania propitiated the Sea-god with fast for three days to give in for the conveyance of Monkey Brigade, but to no effect.  Finding him unyielding, Rama threatened to dry up the entire jalarasi with his powerful missiles.  Appearing before Rama shivering, he pleaded that he was law hound and it was against the laws of Nature to give up his inherent quality of impenetrability, but would certainly cooperate in the construction of bridge, if proposed.  Argument being righteous and based on sound logic, Rama forgiving him, embarked upon the plan of building a 100 yojan,- long bridge across the sea.  Anon he called for the services of Nala, the son of Viswakarma, who utilizing the divine engineering skill made everything - wood or stone float, when thrown into sea and constructed the bridge to the wonderment of all worlds. 

It was during then this region gradually rose up in prominence; for its association with the august dignitaries and heaven - born celebrities like Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuma, Sugriva, Angada etc.  It was then Rama made the first Siva linga with sand for offering prayer to Lord Maheswar; for, on landing here tired he was about to drink water, when Lakshman reminded him of his regular practice of taking in anything after the darsan of Maheswar.  At once, he made Sivalinga with sand and offered his usual prayers: Thus the land acquired for the first time a Siva Linga made with the divine hands Sri Rama.

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