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Invocation Introduction
Naivedyam First... Prohibition of Elephants
Dancing Around a Tree Uncooked Rice Naivedyam
Krishna's  Preference.... Natakasala Sadya
Ettumanur Valivilakku... Kutalamanikyam Temple
Mangalagiri Kootu Vazhivadu
Triprayar Trissur
Taliparamba Temple Lord Siva Mourning...
Trichambaram  Karhepathar Temple
Yamunotri Temple Kanyakumari
Suchindram Kanipakkam
Sakshi Gopal Mandir Dharmasthala
Rameswaram Temple Palani Temple
Mantralaya Srirangam
Tirukkaikunram Kancheepuram
Melmarvatthur Opiliappan Koil
Vaideeswaran Koil Chidambaram
Tiruvannamalai Kartheeka Deepam
Tirumala Simhachalam
Srisailam Bhadrachalam
Mother Bhavani's.... Tulajapur
Test of Rama's Monogamy Kanakadas Window
Udipi Temple Jejuri
Khandoba Temple Puri Temple
Amarnath Cave Temple Belur Temple
Calcutta Karpara Kshetra
Kedarnath Temple Ujjain Temple
Khatmand Kullu Valley Biliji Mahadev Temple
Unmeltable Ghee Trissur Temple
Worship Offered... Deshnok
Tiruvidaimarudur Uraiyur
Amarnath Tiruchangodu
Tiruchengodu Tiruvamathur
Changing the direction of River
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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With one more standing example of peaceful co-existence, I wish to make the arc come to full circle, and it is going on from time immemorial at it. It is in Amarnath temple, in the state of Kashmir. Here Muslims are enjoying certain rights and they alone are entrusted with the holy privilege of distributing Lord's prasad to the devotees. What an honour! And how noble is the tradition!! It is peerless and timeless.

And this Prasad is distributed by Mohammadans of Batkut village, whose share in making the journey enjoyable during halts at several places and service at every step are beyond description. Distribution of prasad by Muslims in a Hindu shrine is very odd, and can be deemed a rarity of rarities. Yet, it is going on for centuries. This practice is rooted in a strange myth. Once, as the story goes, a Muslim shepherd by name Buta Malik was given a sack of coal by a sadhu out of love for his pious living. When opened it in the house that night he found it in pieces of gold. Overjoyed Muslim went to the spot to thank him for the fortune given. But he found a cave, and when he went inside, he found the snowlinga. He started worshipping it with great fervor, thinking that Siva alone conferred that favour. And others followed him for bliss and fortune. And they obtained. In course of time it became a place of pilgrimage. As it was discovered and popularized by him, his descendants are given a percentage of donations even to day.

Perfect understanding and mutual regard, if exist between these two opposing groups, heaven itself dispatches love, and harmony to the extent of depletion of the whole stock, and they themselves descend to live amidst them. Sooner this is realised greater is the peace in the world.

Location : The temple lies in Amarnath Cave, accessible by walk and bus from Srinagar, Kashmir.


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