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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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The visitors enter through the arch away near the first entrance called Kerlanthakan gate way, rising to a height of 90 feet.  Next comes the grand gate called Raja Raja vasal embellished with exquisitely carved figures. Beyond this lies the sculptural wealth studded in the courtyard, measuring about 500 long and 250 feet broad, and is surrounded by a high compound wall with a deep most to its eastern and western sides.  In fact, the temple is occupying a large portion of a fort built for strategic purpose in the past.

On crossing this, we enter the temple only to be petrified at the multiplicity of minishrines, mandapams, mahamandapams, Prakarams, Simhadwarams built for several purposes like Ardhamandapa Sthapanamandapa, Nataraja Mandapa, Vadya Mandapa enshrining statues, paintings etc. As we go round from one end to another, we come across, many types of imposing statues exuding sculptural excellence, as it were.

These shrines are dedicated to Vinayaka, Subramanya, Parvathi and many other adorable personages, like Dwarapalakas and Jain saints along with a fair sprinkling of the emancipated demons and Nandi.  Of the highlights of this superb shrine, grand frescoes in the inner courtyard deserve mention and indispensable attention, since they are reminiscent of the splendid Ajanta cave paintings of eternal reputation.

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