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Temple City of Kumbakonam

Title:Temple City of Kumbakonam
Author:Nanda, Vivek
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 51 Issue no. 1; September 1999, p. 43-58
Abstract:Its strategic siting at the heart of the Kaveri delta has given Kumbakonam an exalted position as a religious, intellectual, and economic centre. The creation myth of the city is discussed, as is the Kudamukku-Palaiyarai (sacred-imperial centre) configuration of Chola times and its religious architecture; the urban and ritual topography in Vijayanagara-Nayaka times with the Mahamakam tank, the most sacred complex in this city studded with temples and shrines representing all the principal Hindu deities.

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