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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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One evening a few temple officials were standing in front of the west tower whiling away their time in idle gossip. Just then a bell smith approaching them requested in all earnestness to buy the huge brass lamp, he was in possession of, saying to give any amount for his night's meal. It was a superb piece of workmanship and shone brightly. Some irresponsible people, besides giving evasive replies answered that there would be none to supply oil to such a big lamp. Thereupon the seller replied that it being an auspicious one, it might burn without oil, or with water even; and if kept in the temple the devotees might pour oil and see it burning eternally. Alas! he was heckled at. At this moment, all on a sudden a mysterious person rushing from inside took the lamp and disappeared. It was followed by lightning and thunder to the utter stupefication of all, since there were neither black clouds nor strong winds that proceed such ear - splitting thunder and blindening lightning. All happened in a split second, and when calm returned after this unexpected and mysterious phenomenon, to the atonishment of all, the lamp was seen hung up and burning bright with its five wicks and oil to its brim. Where was the seller? Who poured the oil and by whom was it lighted? None could answer. The loquacious men bent their heads and regretted bitterly over their useless talk. From that moment, this celebrated lamp is burning without a single minute's stop, nor the oil is poured by the temple officials from temple income. Attributing this strange occurrence to the god's mysterious hand devotees started pouring oil and so is burning over a three and half a century period. Inscrutable are the ways of God, and infinite are the men who tried and are trying to lift the veil, but success is proving a mirage. Wouldn't devotees listening to this bizarre event, rush to the counter to buy oil for offering?

Location : The temple lies in Ettumanur, accessible by four wheelers from Vaikom, Kerala.


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