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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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The nine-storeyed Rajagopuram built over the western entrance is by far the best and stands as a superb specimen of sculptural craftsmanship.  This was built by an ardent devotee named Desikamurthiswamy belonging to Mahasannidhanum of Tiruvavaduthurai Mutt.  Though poor financially, he was very rich is soul. So the Lord entrusted him with the noble task of building this, appearing before him one day in dream.  How can he accomplish that onerous task, when he was struggling hard to make the both ends meet? But it was the Lord's bidding! So he commenced the work with faith in the Lord.  

When the workers approached him in the evenings for wages, he began giving ashes of the Lord, but no sooner did the laborers cross the Thoondukai Vinayakar shrine, the ashes were turning themselves into gold coins.  A great miracle! Alas this did not continue longer.  With the completion of the sixth stored, the miracle abruptly stopped.  So he ripped open his devout heart before the Lord with streaming years.  

The Lord then directed him to approach a certain devotee- Seethakathai Maraikkar, living in a nearby village.  Listening to his tale, he gave him a basket of salt. Though disappointed, he reached home, but to his great surprise he found the salt turned into gold coins.  And wonder of wonders! They were enough to complete the tower.  This happened some 300 years ago.  Its oddity evokes devotion in all Rose up thus into high skies, it beckons million looks and bends the heads of devotees in prayer. 

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