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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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KUTALAMANIKYAM TEMPLE-BRINJAL NAIVEDYAM

Among the sixteen rites - sodasopacharas offered to the divinities in the daily worship in almost all ancient major temples, naivedyam is an important one and it is believed the adored accepts it and relishes, though this act to the mortal eyes is invisible. It is an indispensable vupachara and great significance is attached to it. More than the adored desires it, the archakas priests insist on the adorers and collect fabulous sums for preparation and offering to the adored. Preparation of this is normally made by the priests and they enjoy lion's share of it. After offering, of course, a part is given to the sevarthi, which he arranges for distribution among the bhaktas visiting and witnessing it.

In the preparation of it, several items of superior quality are used; for, it is to be relished by that august divinity to whom it is offered. Are the tongues of the adorable divinities lies accustomed to mediocre, or common place quality? Aren't the celestials relishing the best and finest dishes spiced and flavored and made with A' quality ingredients showering boons? It mirrors their refinement and exalted status. Mouthing certain authorities and quoting some books, the priests exact high sums from the sevarthis, but who the real beneficiaries, the world knows better. They are thriving by thieving, aren't they? Gullible theists loosen the strings of their purses, supply the quantity and quality quoted with tight lipped mouths.

 

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