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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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TANJORE

Look at that impressive, grand, huge pyramidal tower called Vimana according to Silpa Sastra. Its commanding height makes us straighten and throw our heads backwards to catch a glimpse of the shiny brass kalasams atop the tower, tapering into the acquire high sky.  It dominates the landscape rising perpendicularly to a height of 216 feet, and embellished with 14 storeys. What a height! How majestic is its exterior!!.

The sikhara built in accordance with silpa sastra is crowned with a massive dome consisting of a single stone that weighs 80 tons. And, over it placed an octagon shaped stupa and a 12 foot high kalasa.  To lift and carry this gigantic stone to the top, an inclined road about 6 miles long was laid out for this purpose emulating the model technique used to the pyramid builders of ancient Egypt. And lacks of laborers, both skilled' and unskilled worked ceaselessly for its completion.  Elaborate sculptural images drawn from Hindu pantheon decorate this Vimana from top to bottom.  

It is occupying the centre of court yard and dominating the area for miles by its spectacular size and beauty.   As observed by Ferguson it lends dignity to the whole edifice and heightens the sanctity of the presiding deity.  It is the first temple built of granite stone and second to none in immensity of its vimana.  Its intricate sculptural elegance defies description, but certainly yields to scholar to several doctoral theses. Though the Dravidian architect predominates all over it, a discriminating on-looker discerns in it a harmonious blend of the Nagara, Vesara and Dravidian styles.

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