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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
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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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KHANDOBA TEMPLE - THE NAVAS OF OFFERING

This Khandoba temple yet had some traditions like walking on fire, or hanging from a tall pole with a iron hook thrust into their backs. These came into existence only on fulfilling their desires. The vows were as barbaric as the mode of redemption. But it was the order of the day. Now that a sweeping change has set in, the temple is visited by still more large numbers regularly. And so the glory of the Lord is expanding to all corners. Read for the details of Navaras and their origin. .

It is observed that the principal objects of veneration in these two temples are Siva lingas and the images of Chaturbhuja Maheswara. Lord Khandoba is renowned as a God of Sa kama bhakti, one who fulfills all the desires of his pious bhaktas. He is primarily the God of the masses, who take vows of different kinds - some being barbaric in nature too, yet the Lord blesses them for instant fulfilment. Devotees approach him for boons, such as securing bride groom; getting employment; business prosperity; birth of child etc. On all the days. And on getting them fulfilled, they go again to redeem their debt called here Navas, with elaborate prayers. As the Lord never deserted any genuine bhakta, his fame spread far and wide. People from long distances also reach him to pray for success in life. They visit again for offering naves, such as abhiseka, naivedya, vastras, abharanas etc. These are in common with many practices in vogue elsewhere in all most all temples, but here there are certain strange customs referred to above which have affected the social structure and brought dishonor to religion. Social reformers after great struggle liberated them, but still it is going on to some extent in a clandestine way, which proves beyond doubt Lord Kandoba's hold on the illiterate masses. And lo! they form the majority of his following. That is the glory of the Hindu religion both in its dark and bright aspects.

 

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