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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

THE BRIHADISWARA TEMPLE

Let us now enter that imposing temple to acquaint ourselves with the rich heritage, those historical luminaries have bequeathed to us and asses how best we can live up to their expectations by implementing in Toto, if not at least a few of their lofty ideals and unsurpassable humanist thoughts.  

This magnificent temple is called Brihadeswaralayam and is dedicated to Lord Siva, the most compassionate among the Trio of the Hindu gods. It has several names testifying to the enormity of its dimensions and immensity of sanctity. It is called Rajarajeswaram, Perivudayar Koil, Peria Koil, Adavallan Koil, the Tanjore temple, beside Brihadiswaralayam to mention only a few, all but tell that it is a big temple enshrining a very big linga in it.  It is appropriately called the Dhakshina Meru, suggesting thereby, that it is the Himalayas of the South; needless to say, for its gigantic size and imposing vastness of the tower.  Its spectacular appearance and awe-inspiring eminence keep us exclaiming; "Sure, it is not wrought by mortals, but it is the work of superhuman beings". Credit goes to Rajaraja I, the master builder whose magnitude of patronage aw! enormity of expenditure materialized this super monument mark it in a very short period of six years only. 

Another colorful glittering cap; for the craftsmanship of the sculptor touched the meridian of excellence, and it can be said without any trace of doubt that it is the touch-stone of Dravidian style of architecture and sculptural arts. And a splendid relic of their genius. Hence the unqualified praise by exert critics like Ferguson, who said, "It is a perfect gem of carved stone work, the tooling of the stone in the most elaborate patterns, remaining as clear and sharp as the day it left the sculptor's hands". A little background helps adequate understanding of this monumental monument.

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