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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
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Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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Now read why Agra puja is offered to Manchalamma. It began thus His Holiness was on his tours. This time in Andhra Pradesh, and particularly in the present Adoni district. Learning the visit of his master, Venkanna, the Divan, the erstwhile poor lad who gave Biksha to Swamiji, despite grinding poverty, arranged a grand reception. It was a gala affair, when the whole town participated in it with utmost fervour. Venkanna in all sincerity invited the Nawab also to join them.  The sceptical Nawab accepted but decided to put to test Swamiji's super human powers. After offering prayers to Sri Mula Rama, His Holiness was about to offer Naivedya to the deities. Just then a tray sent by Nawab reached him. The Swamiji scenting some irreverence of the Nawab, sprinkling holy water on the tray asked the servants to remove the cloth covering it.

And lo! the pieces of meat turned at once into fragrant flowers and sparkling fresh fruits. The Nawab bent his head. And at once, he decided to gift away a village to Swamiji. He asked his Divan to communicate this to Swamiji. Pleased with his religious tolerance and charitable disposition, he opted for the village of Manchala on the banks of the holy river Tungabhadra. Though it was gifted away already to a Muslim Fakir, the Nawab made an endowment of the same to Swamiji, giving another village to the Fakir. When Venkanna solicited Swamiji for enlightenment of his choice, he said that it was on the holy land alone Prahlad did yagna in the Kritayuga, and also Sri Rama passed through that spot in his search for Sita in the Tretayuga. Delighted Diwan, at once made arrangements for his permanent settlement. Swamiji discerned with the inner eye that the sanctity of this place was duly maintained by mother Manchala, the guardian deity of this region. And if she were to be given Agrapuja, troubles would never dare to rise their heads in future. So, he ordained that Agrapuja to be offered to her. The visitors are implementing his adesh with utmost veneration since then.

Location : The temple lies in Mantralaya, accessible by four wheelers from Adoni, A.P.


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