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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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This Sattanathaswamy temple enshrining a Swayambhu linga lies in the heart of town. The spacious courtyards housing the three different shrines are enclosed by a high compound wall with four entrances. The principal deities adored are Brahmapureeswar, Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunilai Nayaki, and they are enshrined in three separate temples, each with a prakara and many Mandapams. Muthu Sattainathar's shrine houses on the terrace, the beautiful statues of Uma and Maheswar are sculptured masterly. And they are extremely impressive.

The image of Sattanathar is installed in a separate narrow niche and to avail the darsan, one has to go bending head. There is a staircase in the Northern side taking the devotees to the top for darsan. The terrace is called Tiruthonimalai, named, perhaps for its boat shape.  

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