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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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BIZARRE BELIEFS AND ODD TRADITIONS - INDEX

Author

Invocation

About Author K.K.Moorthy.

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Invocation of Lord Balaji

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Introduction

Naivedyam First And Pooja Next

Touring as I do for more than four months a year, to covering almost all the centers of pilgrimage from Kashmir to Kanyakumari,

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Laws are made in the legislative bodies for regulation of human activity and its peaceful progress.

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Prohibition of Elephants

Dancing Round a Tree

Sri Krishna, when went with Akrura on the invitation of wicked Kamsa, had a tough time before entering the palace.

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There is again another awesome tradition observed in this temple i.e., the priest dancing round an Ilanju tree lying outside the campus.

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Uncooked Rice Naivedyam

Krishna's Preference For Palpayasam

Now move on to Tiruvangad Perumal temple, where shocks and surprises overwhelm....

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Hunger is a biological necessity. An inalienable demand and a healthy sign ensuring proper growth and it must be appeased timely and duly.

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Natakasala Sadya

Ettumanur Valivilakku Ritual

Artistes recreate things either with common place materials, like stone, wood, mud, etc. or with letters that can be perceived...

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Light dispels darkness, and fills the environs with effulgence that enables people carry on their duties uninterrupted. 

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Kutalamanikyam Temple - Brinjal Naivedyam

Mangalagiri - Panaka Naivedyam

Naivedyam is an important one and it is believed the adored accepts it and relishes, though this act to the mortal eyes is invisible.

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Thirst  is a biological demand, and for proper functioning of body appeasing it is a MUST.

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Triprayar - Kootu Vazhivadu

Triprayar - Closing of Western Gate - Page 1

Confronted with unaffordable hardships and insoluble problems threatening existence....

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This refers to the closing of western gate at the instance of Bilwamangala Swamiyar of high spiritual eminence. 

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Trissur - Srimoolasthamam Platform Adored

Taliparamba Temple-Soverignty Of Rajarajeswara

Adoration is extended to divinities or god men, or even to vrikshas embodying divine amsas.

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Royalty is endowed with an aura of majesty, which magnifies its status, dignifies its status and signifies its high and exalted birth, and power.

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Trichambaram Priest Dancing With Utsava Murti On Head

Karhepathar Temple - Khandoba Benignty

Extension of gratitude assumes many forms and compels to part with precious possessions unmindful of their worth.

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Khandoba is the local name of that Kailasaspipati Paramasiva in the state of Mahaarastra, particularly in the region around Pune...

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Yamunotri Temple

Kanyakumari - Closing of the Eastern Gate

The power of devotion is not restricted to place or person. Gods have not monopolized this field.

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Temples, the places of worship are designed and built in accordance with Vastu and Silpa sastras motivated by ideal of emancipating the manavali buried in the transitory pleasures.

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Suchindram - Suchindram Pratyayam

Kanipakkam - Sarvasiddhi Vinayaka Temple

In the days of yore, speaking lies was an unusual occurrence and people were terribly afraid of resorting to lies to defend their wrong doing, or to heightening their status, for it is a sin.

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In Kanipakam Sarvasidhi Vinyaka temple, though the procedure is a little bit different from the above....

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Sakshi Gopal Mandir

Dharmasthala - Manjunatha Swamy's Verdicts

This sort of taking oath is in practice in the Sakshi Gopal mandir lying near Konark temple in the state of Orissa....

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Now listen to another bizarre method, where the defaulter is put to untold suffering both financially, mentally....

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Rameswaram Temple - Agra Puja To Kasiviswanath Linga

Palani Temple - Prathama Pooja To Idumban

Front line honour is a prerogative meant for the celebrities and persons of superior birth and exalted status.

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Now comes Palani Andavar, who like Srirama magnanimously ordained....

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Mantralaya - Agrapuja To Manchalamma

Srirangam - Ekadasi Fast 

Now move to Mantralaya, the holy seat of Madhva Pithadhipathi Raghavendra
Swamy....

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Observance of fast has a great spiritual significance. 

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Tirukkaikunram - Eagles' Visit

Kancheepuram - Kamakshi Amman's Episode

Human mind is an inexhaustible treasure house stocked with numerous types of ideas and sentiments. 

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Inscrutable are the ways of the Almighty God! A known fact. Man must realise this eternal truth for graceful living. 

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Melmaruvathur - Admission of Women Into Garbhagriha during Mestruation

Opillappan Koil - Lavanvarjta Venkateswaraswamy

Out of boundless mercy, that Highest Providence blessed the created with certain rights

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Food to be palatable, it must be cooked with necessary ingredients. They are six in number. And they must be used in right proportion.

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Vaideeswaran Koil - Small Globules of Mud Cures Diseases

Chidambaram - Aakasalinga

Diseases are cured with several systems of medicines made with a wide variety of ingredients that set at nougat worms etc. 

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Everything emerges from something mysterious. Acceptable.

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Tiruvannamalai - Lord Mourning The Death Of Kings

Tiruvannamalai - Kartheeka Deepam

Hindu scriptures are replete with several instances of people from high to low longing for snathanaprapti.

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That valivilakku, the Akhanda paranjyoti is installed in the sheltered part of the the temple...

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Tirumala - Agrapuja Aadivarahaswamy

Simhachalam - Nijararupa Darsan of Narasimha Swamy

Offering agrapuja to an adorable deity other than the archamurti the principal presiding divinity is a highly commendable tradition seen here and there in Hindu India.

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However magnificent or costly, colorful or attractive the outfit one wears is changed often.

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Srisailam - Sakshi Ganapathi

Bhadrachalam - Tanisha's Farmana Of Annual Presents 

Proper maintenance of accounts in any kind of dealing, though arduous establishes good relations between the giver and taker.

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If a dog bites a man. it is nothing extra-ordinary, and no cause for surprise: but if man bites a dog upraises a surprise leading to discussion.

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Tuljapur - Mother Bhavani's Unusual Hunger

Tulajapur Bhavai's Test of Rama's Monogamy

The Goddess Tuiajabhavani, like her counterpart Sri Krishna of Trichanbaram temple demands breakfast first soon after opening the temple doors.

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The object of test is to bring out the latent potentialities and to high light one's achievement in any realm of human activity. 

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Udipi Krishna Temple - Kanakadas Window

Udipi Temple - Gruel OIffering As Naivedyam - 

If the offering of uncooked rice as naivedyam evokes wonder followed by giggles, what would gruel offering bring? 

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Not only Kanakadasa's gepuine bhakti broke open the temple wall and created history in the annals of temple history of Udipi Krishna temple...

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Jejuri - Offering Haldi To Khandoba

Puri Temple - The Mulavigraha

Gitacharya Bhagawan Krishna pronounced that the adorable must be approached with something that is sacrosanct and auspicious.

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"A thing of beauty is joy ever, its loveliness increases, it will never pass into nothingness" expressed Keats. 

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Amarnath Cave Temple - Muslims Distributing prasad In A Hindu Temple

Belur Temple - Cobblers' Substituting The Worn Out Chappals With New Ones

"Ram Rahim ek hain"- Ram and Allah are one and the same.

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Haste ends in waste. Hasty man never reaps the full benefit of his action.

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Calcutta - Kalima's Preference For Narabalai - Page1

Karpara Ksehtra - Vriksharupa Narasimha

Sakthi worship differs from other forms, say Vishnu, Siva, Muruga, Vinayaka etc.

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"Among the trees I am aswartha-pipal tree and I am abiding in it.

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Kedarnath Temple - Kedaraswamy Darsan For Humans

Ujjain Temple - Reoffering Of The Offered Objects - Page1

"Familiarity breeds contempt" , an adage, holds good for humans of lower evolution of mental make up.

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Presents given in token of affection or even reverence establish good rapport between the giver and receiver.

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Khatmand - Pasupathinath's Terrific Look

Kullu Valley Bilji Mahadve Temple - Odd Traditions

Language is the principal medium of communication of emotions crude or refined, and thoughts elevating or depressing.

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In the general scheme of creation it is observed, construction is meant for utilization a process going on-regularly ever since the art of making objects came into being.

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Unmeltable Ghee - Vadakkunathan Anbalam

Trissur Temple - Nandi - Siva's Mount At The Entrance

Inherent traits and God-given rights never undergo any change, despite powerful impact the environs bring upon, or times exert their weight over them.

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This very same temple embodies some more oddities and awe some feature....

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Worship Offered With Naked Bodies

Deshnok - Rats Karnimata Temple

"Apparel oft proclaims the man" thus proclaimed a Western wit observing man's 'craze for outfit.

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Expression of aversion to rats is quite instinctive and natural in view of havoc they cause. 

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Tiruvidaimarudur - A Ghost's Image On The Temple Tower

Uraiyur - Topless Garbhagriha

A study of "Daivasakti vs pretasakti affords quite a fascinating pastime both for mature and immature minds. 

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Incredible it sounds that there exist here and there a few temples with topless garbhagrihas.

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Amarnath Temple - Waxing And Waning Image

Tiruchangodu - Nandi In Standing Posture

Archamuritis, in general, are made of wood, metal and stone darulohasila - nirmitas.

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Silpasastra, like any other has its norms and limitations. In making icons, the artists strictly adhere to them 

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Tirchengodu Temple - Satyapadi

Tiruvamathur - Satyasathapana Kshetra

To root out the evil consequences of falsehood, duplicity and its sinister off springs, ancient temples,  the citadels of Hindu Dharma situated at holy places...

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Exhortation by intellectual luminaries or spiritual celebrities, of course does bring in reform and turn the erring to the righteous path but the process and result do take longer periods.

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Tiruvamathur - The Miracle of changing the Direction of River - 

If heaven wills the oasis less deserts turn themselves into blooming Nandanodyanas, oceans into plateaus, rivers into hill ranges etc.

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