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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
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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

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Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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MANGALAGIRI-PANAKA NAIVEDYAM

Not contented with abhishek - bathing in liquids adorable archamurtis are gratified with Naivedyam in liquid state, of course solid form is a rule in general. This naivedyam is not uniform, it varies from god to god, rather taste to taste. Some presiding deities are satisfied with pongal, sweet or ordinary, but some strangely enough are pleased with bringal naivedyam. And lo! there is a lone example of one god satisfied with paanaka naivedyam Jaggery dissolved in water. Surprise sends thrills, but when probed, you utter how grand! "Where and why" dart from your mouth, aren't they? Then Listen.

This rare, lone, unique occurrence is found in Narasimhaswamy temple at Mangalagiri, a pilgrim town lying 15 km off Vijayawada. The deity's passion for it is indescribable. Hence the nick name of Panakala Narasimhaswamy, and it is quite appropriate; He showers boons of every type, when panakanaivedyam is offered. Marrvellous is the tradition. While swallowing, he makes gurgling sound, and that marks the stage of satiation. The priest stops pouring into the wide open mouth of the icon on hearing it. Then the rest of the jaggery beverage is distributed to the visitors by the sevarthi. As it is conferring solace, peace and progress almost all the worshippers invariably offer this to this august Narasimhaswamy. The origin is quite fascinating. Read for its origin.

 

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