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Lord Bizarre Beliefs & Odd Traditions
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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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ETTUMANUR VALIVILAKKU RITUAL

In certain temples offering oil to the Akhandajyothi is treated as one of the kainkaryas and this seva is performed by almost all the visiting bhaktas paying a small amount for the supply of oil, round the year. And that jyothi has been burning for some centuries unextinguished. The feeding of the metallic lamp with oil is perennial and temple accounts furnish that the excess of oil collected exceeds thousands of tons and it is distributed to some temples, whose income is inadequate for this ritualistic worship. This is a concrete example seen at Ettemanur Mahadeva temple, where the brass lamp lighted up as far back as in 1545 is still burning and it will go on till eternity, says the local with a broad smile lighting up his face. This temple tradition came into being under bizarre conditions and its origin makes the listeners gape and gaze. The temple is famous for some unique features, like offering the midnight puja during the major annual ten-day festival, falling in the month of Kunbham corresponding to Feb-March. And another, is the provision made for availing the Ezhra Ponnani Darsan. Above all, the archamurti himself is giving darsan in three aspects, such as Dakshinamurti-the bestower of wisdom, Kirata, the celebrated hunter, who fought against the formidable Arjuna and Satchidanand the Lord bliss every day. The brass lamp kept here goes by the name of Valivilakku.

 

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