Temples of Tamilnad

I became deeply interested in the life of Harijan Varna Chakravarti, The (Brahmin) leper king of Kashmir, who in about 500 AD came south looking for the miracle of a cure. This he found, whether by instinct or intuition, by bathing in the Chidambaram Temple's tank. Greatly overjoyed, he began an elaborate program to celebrate or "magnify" the temple by enlarging and building and improving the component parts. Well aware of what he undertook, Chakravarti brought 3000 Brahmins from the north to help finish the work. By such examples of vision and enterprise, Chidambaram prospered. It seemed almost to be lying in wait for the dynasty of the Chola kings in the tenth century, entering a rich period of creativity in arts and letters.

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