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Vishnu Temples of South India: Tamil Nadu (Volume I)

Chithra Madhavan (Author)

South India is famous for her temples, both big and small, found in every city, town and village. Many of these temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. While some of these temples are famous, there are many others which are not well-known. This book contains thirty articles on Vishnu Temples in Tamil Nadu. Four of these are Divya Desams or the temples sanctified by the hymns of the Azhvars or the Vaishnava Saints and the famous. All the other articles in this book describe the smaller temples, mostly found in villages, small towns or in suburbs of Chennai which are also important historic and religious centers, but are unfortunately not visited often. The articles focus on the legends connected with these temples, 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 times bygone.

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About the author

Chithra Madhavan

Dr. Chithra Madhavan took her M.A. Degree in Indian History with first rank from the University of Madras in 1988 and received the M.Phil Degree in 1989. Subsequently, in 1999, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Mysore. She was awarded the Junior Fellowship in Epigraphy by the Department of Culture, Government of India for the period 2001-2003. She has contributed a number of research papers on epigraphy, art and architecture to various seminars and reputed journals and also many popular articles to newspapers on Indian history and art.

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Bibliographic information

Title Vishnu Temples of South India: Tamil Nadu (Volume I)
Format Softcover
Date published: 21.04.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Chithra Madhavan
Language: English
length xiv+136p., Plates; Figures; Index; 23cm.