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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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According to legend, Surapadman a powerful demon aided and abetted by his brothers Taraka and Singamukha subjected devas to insurmountable grief by his wicked acts.  He was a terror to the living in the three worlds - heaven, earth and Patala-his very name was a harbringer of misery to devas. When they were humbled- divested of their dignity, driven out of kingdom, and tortured in and out of homes, they sought the audience of Lord Maheswar, and implored him for deliverance.  Moved by their pathos, Maheswar then opened his eye of mercy to ward off their grief. There came out then six fire balls that reached the Saravana tank carried by the Fire-God.  

They changed thernselves at once into enticing tiny tots and started floating in the lotuses grown there in abundance.  Attracted by the bewitching beauty of the babes, the six celestial nymphs Karthik IKanyas nourished them with rare care and deep veneration.  When Goddess Parvathi hugged them fondly, seeing their alluring forms, the six became one with six faces and twelve hands.  He was named Shanmuga.  Sooner than becoming the six-faced God, Shanmuga hastened to Tiruchendur to put an end to asurakrithyas of Surapadma, who had built his fortress there amidst the sea to making impregnable for mortals.  Before the dreadful combat, he worshipped Siva, his compassionate father in a grand temple built at his behest by Maya, the celestial architect, for total Victory.

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