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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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This holy temple lies at the foot of Arunachala and occupies a vast area of 25 acres of land. It owes its grandeur to four lofty towers - the eastern one called Rajagopuram is the tallest and measures 217 feet; the western goes by the name Pey gopuram, the southern, Tirumanjuna gopuram and Northern, Ammani Amma gopuram. It has five prakaras, and the walls are broad and high, resembling the rampart walls of fort. In each of the prakara, there are tanks and many minishrines. Entering through the Rajagopuram, devotees greet Gopura Ganapathi, whom they worship with rituals due. 

In this prakara, called the fifth, lies the thousand pillared mandapam and an underground temple enshrining Patala Linga. And it is here Bhagawan Ramana did penance in his Purvasram. Then they enter the fourth prakara passing through Vallaha Maharaja Tower. It is here the famous tank - Brahma thirtham is situated and normally ardent devotees take bath in it, for the prevalent belief that bath purges one of his sins committed since birth onwards. There is an interesting story about this tower, connected with the life of Arunagirinathar.

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