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Lord Bizarre Beliefs & Odd Traditions
Index Author
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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ETTUMANUR VALIVILAKKU RITUAL

Temples, the citadels of Vedic culture and cradles of civilizations introduced the burning of light before the performance of ritualistic worship to that effulgent Parabrahma abiding in a wide range of manifestations under multitudinous names.  For the total benefit of entire creation, Akhanda Jyothi aaraadhana, worship of inextinguishable light was introduced by the sageseers. Hoary shrines enjoying the perennial inflow of funds are installing the akanda jyothi in the innermost parts and are offering ritualistic worship as enjoined in the scriptures. Certain temples have included it in the list of sevas and are enabling the devotees offer puja on payment of prescribed fee. Burning of thousands of brass lights around the Sri Koil at Guruvayur is deemed a commendable tradition and servarthis are performing this kainkarya with unbounded spiritual andour. The bliss it confers is incalculable and is testified by the great demand for it, though the fee charged is too high touching a four digit figure. In some temples burning a gargantuan light yearly once is luring lakhs of devotees and it is topping the list of sevas. The Karthika Deepam in Tiruvannamalai temple is a major event in the temple calender and it has a sacrosanct background.  Nowhere in India such tradition is observed since the inception of deepaaraadhana - worshipping light. But this is an annual feature.

 

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