Vishnu Temples of South India : Vol. II: Tamil Nadu

Chithra Madhavan, Chithra Madhavan, 2008, pbk, 114 p, ISBN : 8190844512, $11.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. Sri Veeramangala Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple, Nallattur. 2. Sri Adivaraha Cave Temple, Mamallapuram. 3. Sri Malaimandala Perumal Temple, Chaturangapattinam. 4. Sri Premika Vittala Temple, Vittalapuram. 5. Sri Prasanna Venkatachalapathi, Temple, Gunaseelam. 6. Sri Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Varagur. 7. Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple, Azhagiya Manavalan. 8. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Svami Temple, Narasingapuram. 9. Sri Kodandarama Svami Temple, Oragadam. 10. Sri Kalyana Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Attur. 11. Sri Kodandarama Svami Temple, Unamanjeri. 12. Sri Kodandarama Svami Temple, Chengalpattu. 13. Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple, Tirumalai Vaiyavur. 14. Sri Devanatha Perumal Temple, Chettipunyam. 15. Sri Kodandarama Temple, Madurantakam. 16. Sri Kodandarama Svami Temple, West Mambalam, Chennai. 17. Bhairagi Math Sri Venkatamudaiyan Temple, Sow carpet, Chennai. 18. Sri Aranganatha Svami Temple, Sowcarper, Chennai. 19. Sri Amritavalli Thayar Sametha Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal Temple, Ramavaran. Chennai. 20. Dhanavantari Shrines of ancient Tamil Nadu.

"This book, Vishnu Temples of South India--Volume II (Tamil Nadu), contains twenty articles on Vishnu temples in Tamil Nadu. While the Divya Desams of temples eulogized in the hymns of the Azhvars or the Vaishnava saints are well-known and are often visited by devotees, there are many other smaller temples, mostly found in villages, small towns or in suburbs of Chennai, which are also important historic and religious centres, but are unfortunately not visited often. Many of these temples are in a neglected condition now although they were once the hub of not only religious activity, but also the socio-cultural milieu of the area in which they were situated. The articles in this book, covering twenty temples, focus on the legends connected with these shrines, their history, art and architecture and the festivals celebrated here. This book also highlights the ancient historic inscriptions etched on the walls of the shrines which provide an authentic account of the donations made by royalty and the common people alike and the important role the temples played in the socio-economic sphere in the ancient and medieval times." (jacket)

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