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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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There lived in the vicinity of the present temple a brahmin couple-poor, yet very devout, in the seventh century AD. They had
a child, but he was mute-a born dumb, unfortunately. So was deemed an nail driven into the coffin of the parents daily dreary
existence. They wanted to bring him up well and give the best education. but where was the wherewithal. They starved and
so too the child. It appears one day the parents went to the temple with him Leaving the child on the flight of stairs of the tank, they started the bathing ritual. 

The child who was without food for sometime let out a piteous wail for food. It was indeed heart-rending both in its pitch and purport. There were many in the mandapam there, but none heard its agony. Doesn't the world turn deaf ear to the genuine peals of agony? Will the heaven too? Haven t the gods move at the piercing cries of
mortals? The boy's painful yell was heard by Mother Uma. It stirred and touched the chord of her sensitive heart. At once she handed over a cup of divine milk to him. The boy drank to his bellyful well. The parents, who found the signs of his
drinking milk wondered at the occurrence. Elated at this unexpected fortune, they entered the shrine. And lo, the boy in
ecstatic rapture sang the glory of the Lord, all on a sudden. His poetic effusions are found to be the best specimens of literary pieces. Could he be otherwise? He drank gnanamrit given by Mother Uma. He can't but out step others. His life from then formed a glittering chapter in the Nayanmar's history. Alas! he lived only for 16 years, but left such a rich treasure, the
world will not "willingly let it die".

This child prodigy became guru to many Nayanmars including Appar, perhaps, for the gnanamrit given by the merciful Mother. Hasn't she shared half the body of Lord Siva, the Omni compassionate Lord? Hence that exemplary affection. Later, this place was consecrated by a separate temple built to commemorate this event of that
Saivite prodigy. And is given importance in offering all kinds of pujas along with the august deities. 

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