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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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Its extraordinary grandeur is heightened by its superb finish and dazzling Surface It is adorned on the forehead by by three rectangular strips of shining silver with a ruby in the middle, standing for ash marks and vermilion. The remarkable dignified Siva Linga is installed on a high flat dias called Avudayar measuring 54" circumference and 6 feet in height. The beauty of the ornament on forehead and white cloth adorning the Linga are beyond description. And according to belief Gods worship it at nights in their ethereal forms.  On account of its abnormal size and exceptional height, an elevated platform is specially built for the priests to stand and perform archana, harati abhishekam etc. This Sivalinga has many other august names such as Adavallan, Dakshinameruvitankan, Peruvidayar etc.  

It is unique in every respect.  As we stand agape at its stupendous size and ethereal splendour, the sublime figure, of Rajaraja Chola I, flashes across our -mina and beckons us to offer our soulful prayers for universal progress and perpetual bliss. Instantly we close our eyes and pay obeisance to Lord Siva-the All-merciful. Sure our homage goes to both the builder and the built; for; Rajaraja I equally deserves our respectable thanks for having created and bequeathed this monumental monument; and Lord Siva for  creating such a priceless gem as ruler, who strove for liberation of mankind by creating an exceptionally enormous.  Outstandingly dignified and structurally perfect sacred Siva Linga that instills pure devotion and commands whole hearted dedication as its mere sight. Before we step out, our lips are tempted to let out involuntarily, HARAHARA MAHADEV testifying to the miraculous change brought out by that living Siva Linga, the sacred manifestation of Sadasiva-the All-merciful.  First let us turn to antiquity. 

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