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Shiva-Shakti Shrines

Abodes of Shakti >> Shiva-Shakti Shrines

The Indian system of beliefs refers to the female aspect of divinity as Shakti - or the manifestation of energy.   There is shrine to Parvati  in all Shiva temples in Tamilnadu. Shown here are some temples   where the Ambal or Devi shrine is of particular significance.

The Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai is rich in history, legend and tradition and is a veritable art gallery of medeival sculpture. s0281.jpg (85116 bytes) The Ardhanareeswara manifestation of Shiva and Parvati showing the union of Shiva and Shakti is held in worship at the Tiruchengode hill temple near Salem, Erode.
The Kamalaamba shrine at Tiruvarur enshrining Tyagaraja and Vanmikanathar has been glorified by the Navavarna Kritis of Muthuswamy Deekshitar. The Akhilandeswari shrine at Jambukeswaram (Tiru Aanaikkaaval)   near Tiruchirappalli is associated with the spiritual leader Aadi Sankaracharya. The Karpagaambaal shrine in the Kapaaleeswarar temple complex in Chennai (Tiru Mayilai) attracts hundreds of devotees throughout the year.
The Sivakamasundari shrine in Chidambaram is enclosed in a vast temple in the sprawling Nataraja temple complex. s1792.jpg (49632 bytes) The Kaantimati Amman shrine at the Nellaiappar temple in Tirunelveli has been venerated by the composer Mutthuswamy Deekshitar.
The Abhiraami Amman shrine at Tirukkadavur Veerattam near Mayiladuturai has been hailed by the tamil verses of Abhiraami Andaadi. The Nagaikkaaronam temple in Nagappattinam enshrines Shiva, Tyagaraja; it is however known popularly as the Neelaayadaakshi Koyil enshrining Neelaayadakshi. The Garbharakshakaambikaa temple (enshrining Mullai Vana Naathar) at Tirukkarukaavur has been hailed by the Tevaaram hymns of the 1st millennium CE.
Unnamulaiyaal or Apita Kuchaambaal is worshipped as Shiva (Annamalaiyaar, Arunachaleswarar)'s consort at Tiruvannamalai. s0042.jpg (46277 bytes) No separate shrine for Ambal exists in Shiva temples in the town of Kanchipuram.The grand temple to Kamakshi represents the unique shrine to Shakti in this town.

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