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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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Another remarkable object found here is a big size mirror that reflects our own image reminding the eternal truth that God is with in us and to attain salvation, we have to worship ardently.  Siva.  To the eastern side, there is a 12 feet high Nandi.  It is called Makkalai. Adjacent to it lies the Konnayadi shrine.  Here lies in the hollow of a tree, Konnayadinathar, where three lingas are placed one over the other. 

In the Garuda Mandapam lying next are found the images of Tirumala Nayak, Garuda etc. the gift of stone-cutter, displaying the supreme heights the sculpture could reach.  One of the statues is so superbly sculptured that a piece of wire when inserted through the right nostril, comes out of the left ear, and if it is made to pass through the right ear, it comes out of the left.  Haven't the sculptors outgrown their celestial counterparts-Viswakarma and Maya? 
In the Champalaraman Mandapam, many more stone-cutters' sports are in store. It is in fact a museum of architecture and
sculpture. This pavilion contains 32 massive and grandly decorated pillars, each narrates an interesting episode from Siva
and Vishnu puranams.

Finally they enter the Karuvarai of Sthanamalayapperumal brightly illumined by the shining brass lamps. The principal deity
is Siva linga of about a foot and a half covered with gold Kavacha. The serenity of the spot, divinity of the linga and austerity
of the archakas in performing Prayer services draw out devotion to the fullest measure from every devotee and they offer
soulful prayer with palms joined and eyes closed. Next to this lies another shrine known as Thakkedam dedicated to Sri
MahaVishnu. The statue is 7 feet high and covered with dazzling silver Kavacham. His consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi are
placed in front. The entire sight recalls to the memory the Balaji Vigraha of Tirupathi. Behind this shrine are installed
Amarabhujanga perumal and Suchindraperummal in separate niches. Indeed there are as many as thirty mini-shrines inside
the prakara, and it takes hours to visit them all for worshipping. It becomes quite a rewarding experience to see the paintings
on the inner walls of the goupram. Many episodes that occurred in this place are painted with minute details, and as such
they recreate the glory of this divya kshetra.

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