Chantal Boulanger Publishing
 Nataraja

 In the Kingdom of Nataraja

A guide to the temples, beliefs and people of Tamil Nadu (India's Southernmost State).
This book is an invitation to discover Tamil culture, to understand its life and rural customs, as well as a guide to fully experience the great South Indian temples. It tells the reader about the history and geography of the land, its beliefs and rituals. It also offers practical tips to make a successful trip and explore further.

Available in India at bookstores. Out of print outside India. Available online for UK £6

Publisher: The South India Saiva Siddhantha Works Publishing Society, Madras,1993

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In India contact: Saiva Siddhanta Publishing Works Society, ltd.
154 TTK Saalai, Alvarpet, 600018 Madras, Tamil Nadu

Comments from readers:

"I enjoyed the book. It provided me with some of the kind of information I was looking for. I have an insight into Hinduism protocol should I travel to India and an understanding of how to act and respect the Indians in regards to their religion."
Vikki Gonzales

"It is a pleasure and honor to write the preface to the English edition of Chantal Boulanger's splendid guide to Tamil Nadu. Ms Boulanger brings to the work not only scholarly knowledge acquired by more than 10 years of study of South Indian culture but also a profound empathy with Hinduism, Dravidian culture, and the Tamil people. She has immersed herself in the rich ceremonial life of the great temples but knows as well the simple rites practiced at small local shrines. She has traveled widely in Tamil Nadu and probed deeply into the history and culture of the region. Ms Boulanger has poured her knowledge and first-hand experience into her book, transforming a guide for visitors to Tamil Nadu into a fascinating, readable account of its history, geography, and culture. However, she has not forgotten the practical concerns of travelers, and the book abounds in information about hotels, transport, and convenient day-long trips from the major centers. She drops numerous tips on how to be a considerate visitor and to realize delicate plans, such as entry into the deepest recesses of temples. Moreover, she suggests ways to prepare mentally for what can be a profound experience of self-discovery. Ms Boulanger understands India and the West. No one can better lead you on a voyage of discovery of an ancient civilization and also of what it means to be human."

Dr. Stanley A. Freed
Curator, Department of Anthropology
American Museum of Natural History, New York

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