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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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RAMESWARAM

HISTORICITY

The Sivalingas thus installed were in an unimpressive shed for long. But with the dawn of 12th century a bright career was inaugurated when the Rajas of Ramnad popularly known as Sethupathis entered the scene.  It was due to their indefatigable industry and inestimable patronage that the temple stands as the brightest gem among the pilgrim centers of India, and even luring the intercontinental crowds either in the form of tourists or thiests.  Among the notable personages who entered and carved out safe niches in the history of India, the names of Udayan Sethupati, Tirumalai Sethu pathi, Ranganatha Sethupathi deserve special mention.

The grateful public honoured them with grand giant-sized statues installed in the temple.  The entire temple construction inclusive of renovation from time to time extends over a period of 350 years, carried out mainly by Sethupathis of Ramanathapuram, of course aided by the theistic minded kings like Ceylonese Prince Pararaja Sekhara and Kiran Rayar of Deccan.  The Sethupathi generously endowed 72 villages for the up keep of temple and performance of nityamanimithika pujas.

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