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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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Next object that arrests their attention is the huge image of Nandi, measuring 12 fret in length, 9 feet in height, flanked by the beautiful figures of Viswanatha Naicker and Krishnama Naicker.  To the left of Nandi there is a Mandapam of modest size housing the Navagrahas.  In front of the Nandi towards the entrance are situated the shrines for Ganapathi and Subrahmanya. Praying homage to them, they enter the Ramanathaswamy shrine to avail the darsan of the august lingam installed by Sri Rama.  As it is installed by Rama it is called Ramanthaswamy and it is one of the twelve jyothirlingas. The serenity prevailing there bends the heads involuntarily.  A sight of the Lord destroys a sin as grave as Brahmahatya.  Offering soulful prayers, they next move to the Parvathavardhini shrine located to the right of Sanctum Sanctorum. The beautiful image of the Mother decorated with diamond jewellery and flower garlands lifts the soul.

In front of the Mandapam there are figures of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Sugriva, the principal characters in the epic and they beckon attention and veneration.  To its north lies the Kasi Viswanatha shrine in which the lingam brought by Hanuman from Kailas is installed.  The Visalakshi Mandir lies adjacent to it.  Daily prayers are offered to viese deities first and then to Ramanathaswamy and Mother Parvathi Vardhini. 

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