Koyil: 2 definitions
Koyil means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
India history and geography
Koyil or Koil or Kovil, (meaning: “residence of God”) is the Tamil term for a distinct style of Hindu temple with Dravidian architecture. Both the terms koyil (kōyil) and kovil (kōvil) are used interchangeably. In Tamil language, kōvil is the word derived, according to the rules of Tamil grammar. [...] There are over 36,488 Temples in Tamil Nadu alone as registered by Hindu Aranilaya Thurai. The Sangam literature scripted before the common era, refers to some of the temples the early kings of Tamilagam had erected. The songs of the revered Shaiva Nayanars and the Vaishnava Alvār saints that date back to the period 6th to the 9th century CE, provide ample references to the temples of that period. Stone inscriptions found in most temples describe the patronage extended to them by the various rulers.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Languages of India and abroad
Koyil (ಕೊಯಿಲ್):—[noun] = ಕೊಯ್ಲು [koylu].
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Kōyil (ಕೋಯಿಲ್):—[noun] = ಕೋಯಿಲು [koyilu].
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Koyil-nayakam, Koyil-shrikaryam, Koyil-vashi, Koyilakam, Koyilali, Koyilalu, Koyilati, Koyile, Koyili, Koyilu.
Ends with: Alakarkoyil, Annankoyil, Bhiksantarkoyil, Cemponceykoyil, Krishnankovil, Manimatakkoyil, Nacciyarkoyil, Natankoyil, Oppiliyappankoyil, Tancaimamanikkoyil, Tirucciṟṟampalam-kōyil, Tiruvanaikoyil, Uttamarkoyil.
Full-text: Koyil-vashi, Koyil-nayakam, Koyil-shrikaryam, Koil, Kovil, Shri-pashcima-mandira, Viluppanur, Manimata, Balalaya, Cemponcey, Arjunapura, Arjunapuram, Vakanar, Lanka, Amutanar, Thillai, Hindu Temple.
Search found 8 books and stories containing Koyil, Kōyil; (plurals include: Koyils, Kōyils). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Religion and Philosophy of Tevaram (Thevaram) (by M. A. Dorai Rangaswamy)
Chapter 1 - Rise of the Temple cult in Saivism < [Volume 1 - Nampi Arurar’s Tevaram (his life and age)]
Chapter 22 - Thiruchotruthurai or Tiru-Corrutturai (Hymn 94) < [Volume 3.2 - Pilgrim’s progress: to Chola]
Chapter 34 - Koyil (Hymn 90) < [Volume 3.3 - Pilgrim’s progress: to Chola (later?)]
Early Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Koyil Tevarayanpettai < [Chapter X - Historical Survey]
Temples in Solapuram < [Chapter II - Temples of Parantaka I’s Time]
Inscriptional References < [Chapter I - Parantaka I (Madirai-Konda Parakesari)]
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Magaral < [Chapter XIV - Temples of Rajaraja III’s Time]
Appendix 3: Kalattur < [Chapter VIII - Temples of Rajaraja II’s Time]
Kulottunga I’s Style < [Chapter II - Temples of Kulottunga I’s Time]
Pallava period (Social and Cultural History) (by S. Krishnamurthy)
Temple servants (koyil-parivaram) < [Chapter 3 - Socio-Religious Life]
Appendix: List of Temples of Pallava Period
Origin of Sculptural Art (b): Pre-Pallava Period < [Chapter 2 - Origin of Sculptural Art—Its Development and Scheme]
Middle Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Madagadipattu < [Chapter II - Temples of Rajaraja I’s Time]
Temples in Vinnamangalam < [Rajendra Deva II]
Tenneri < [Uttama Chola]
Temples in and around Madurantakam (by B. Mekala)
Evolution of Temples in Tamil Nadu < [Chapter 2 - Temples: Role and Influence]
Svetaranyesvarar Temple < [Chapter 3 - Temples of Madurantakam Taluk]