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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

To be concise and specific, this historic place is consecrated by the appearance of multitudinous towering personalities, who enriched every field of human activity by their mighty contribution, like Rajaraja Chola I, Ranganath Naiek and Sarfoji II as kings, Appar and Mangai Alwar as propounders of our Sanathana Dharma, Thiagaraja, Sama Sastry and Dhikhitar as divine musicians, Sivananda Sekharan and Vijaya Raghava Naick as poets, Kunjara Malian and Nitha Vinothan as sculptors etc.

It is thus rich in history and famous in legends and so has been occupying a coveted place among the quartet of temple towns - Madurai, Rameswaram, Tiruchirapalli and Tanjavur of great antiquity and spiritual sublimity.  There are several versions interpreting its derivation and origin. It was called Thanjai connoting a place, surrounded by evergreen paddy fields and blooming orchards.  It was deemed to be on par with Ayodhya and Kancheepuram in sanctity and popularity.  

It was also called Alagaapuri, Kuberapuri, Thanjapuri and Vijayapuri on account of its beauty, wealth, prosperity and success.  Tanjore, if viewed in the right perspective, owes its greatness to the Rajarajeswaram temple, but the temple in fact rises in splendour due to the predominant theistic instincts of the mighty rulers.  They are interdependent and inseparable. One compliments the other and lives only to bring out the glory of its indispensably, inseparable constituent, So a comprehensive, thorough study of both is a necessity at this stage.

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