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Temples & Legends Of Andhra Pradesh
Index of Andhra Pradesh

Kulapati's Preface

Author - Shri. N . Ramesan On Temples
Srisailam

Ahobalam

Alampur Lepakshi
Tadpatri Mahanandi
Tirupati Kalahasti
Chezerla

Amaravati

Mangalagiri Vijayawada
Akiripalli Draksharama
Kotipalli Annavaram
Simhachalam Arasavalli
Srikurmam Bhadrachalam
Yadagiri Vemulavada
Dharmapuri
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

ON TEMPLES

The vimana is the water in the tank; the Dhruvamurthy, the root of the lotus; the Sambandha kurcha. Or the connecting line is the stalk of the lotus-, the Kauthuka murtbi is the lotus; and thus the devalaya is symbolized as a kamalalaya.

In the temples, there are generally two idols, one that is permanent and called the Mulabera and the other' that is taken out in
processions etc., and is called the Utsavabera. In some temples there are different idols for Abhisheka, Utsava etc. The Saivite texts declare that the Mulabera is the Sukshma Linga, and the Utsavabera called Balibera is the Bali Linga. The Vaikhanasa Agama texts, that prescribe the rituals to be followed in the temples, divide the Paramatma into five 'Vyuhas' or aspects, called Vishnu, Purusha, Satya, Achyuta, and Aniruddha. Tikese five aspects are represented by a different idol each called the Mulabera, the Kauthukabera, the Utsavabera, the Snapanabera and Balibera, each idol being worshipped for a particular purpose. The Mulabera is worshipped for the good of the world i.e., Loka Kalyana, the Kauthukabera for the archana for the benefit of the individual worshipper,
the Utsavabera for the processions, the Snapanabera for abhishekam and the Balibera for offerings.

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