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275 SIVA STHALAMS

275 SIVA STHALAMS

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Published by Chitra Rangarajan
நாயன்மார் அறுபத்தி மூவர்களால் பாடல் பெற்ற 275 சைவ திருத்தலங்கள்
நாயன்மார் அறுபத்தி மூவர்களால் பாடல் பெற்ற 275 சைவ திருத்தலங்கள்

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275 SACRED SIVA STHALAMS
TAMARAPU SAMPATH KUMARAN
 
 About the Author:
Mr T Sampath Kumaran is a freelance writer. He regularlycontributes articles on Management, Business, Ancient Temples andTemple Architecture to many leading Dailies and Magazines.His articles for the young is very popular in “The Young Worldsection” of THE HINDU.He was associated in the production of two Documentary films onNava TirupathiTemples, and Tirukkurungudi Temple in Tamilnadu.His book on “The Path of Ramanuja”, and “The Guide to 108 DivyaDesams” in book form on the CD, has been well received in thereligious circle.
 
 
Preface:
Tirth Yatras or pilgrimages have been an integral part of Hinduism.Pilgrimages are considered quite important by the ritualisticfollowers of Sanathana dharma. There are a few centers of sacredness, which are held at high esteem by the ardent devoteeswho dream to travel and worship God in these holy places. All theseholy sites have some mythological significance attached to them.When people go to a temple, they say they go for Darsan – of theimage of the presiding deity. The pinnacle act of Hindu worship is tostand in the presence of the deity and to look upon the image so asto see and be seen by the deity and to gain the blessings.There are thousands of Siva sthalams- pilgrimage sites - renownedfor their divine images. And it is for the Darsan of these divineimages as well the pilgrimage places themselves - which are believedto be the natural places where Gods have dwelled - the pilgrimage ismade. Notable of these are 275 Siva Sthalams, of whom Nayanmarshave compiled Hymns – the Pathigams.Though there are several reference books of these sthalams, thisbook of mine is brought out as a consolidated reference guide to thevisiting pilgrims to these Siva sthalams, and dedicated to Lord Siva,our beloved God. An attempt is also made to develop this into acomprehensive source of information on Saivism, by presenting heresome of the Basic Teachings, which form the core of Saivism - animportant sect of Hinduism.The information is compiled from several authentic sources, as wellfrom learned scholars, Sivacharyas and priests at each shetram.Since several authors have translated the original text, a certain

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