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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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SIRKALI

SIVA AS A HUNTER

This shrine is an integral part of the Siva temple built to perpetuate another great event, enhancing the glory of Lord Siva.  According to tradition, Lord Mahavishnu after sending Bali Chakravarti to the nether world grew a little bit arrogant and moved about with pride. Not commendable in way! Does this bring honour to him? No. It is upcoming to a person of his status and powers. Apprehending unpleasant consequences, Lord Siva assuming the form of hunter humbled his pride with an arrow. It worked: Later penitent Vishnu requested the Lord to settle down here arid wear the skin as mantic and bone as mace in token of the episode occurred; for they symbolize egoism and maya, which were subdued by his arrow.  He agreed.  So, Lord Siva is called Sattanathar - Lord of the Skin coat. 

As this happened here, it was deemed holy, and so a temple was
constructed. It is called Brahmapureeswarar temple.  By royal patronage, it grew up into a major shrine of great importance. The Chola emperor Vira Rajendra and Venkatadevaraya of Vijayanagara emperor emptied their treasures to glorify it. It contains in its compound besides this, the famous Sambandar's shrine.  And Uma Maheswar shrine in the first floor. It too has a long legend.

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About Sirkali
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Background
You are Here! Siva As a Hunter
Uma Maheswar....
The Main Temple
The Boat City
Festivals
Around Sirkali....
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