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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

HISTORICITY  

With the dawn of the seventh century, its history unfolds commencing with the reign of Mutharai Kings that ruled it for nearly two centuries. A glittering chapter was opened in 846 A.D. with the accession of Chola Kings to the imperial throne, whose fame reached the zenith under Rajaraja Chola I. By his unparalleled military prowess and inextinguishable thirst for expansion, he conquered Cheran, Pandian and Elam Kings, who were formidably gallant and equally dauntless, and so he was equated with Lord Siva, otherwise known as Thiripuranthaka for slaying the most dreadfully perfidious demons ruling the three cities. Consequently, his dominion swelled upto Kalinga in the North, parts of Malaya peninsula, the Archipelago, Nicobar islands and Ceylon in the deep south, and from shore to shore across the sub- continent, why, he practically brought the whole of South India under his imperial umbrella. 

He ruled for 29 years; and it was the golden age of Cholas, judge  by any standard; for, peace and prosperity made his kingdom their permanent home. In consequence, trade and commerce prospered and ventured across the seas; architecture and painting soared higher than the highest; while poetry, dancing, singing and the allied arts scaled new heights. Above all, religious toleration touched the meridian of sublime harmony, as evidenced by the peaceful co-existence of Buddhism, Jainism, along with Vaishnavism and Saivism, the then state religions. Naicks who ruled it later after two centuries imparted fresh valour and vitality to the effete traditions and out-dated conventions. Novelty peeped out from every walk of life.

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