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Lord Bizarre Beliefs & Odd Traditions
Index Author
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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Of the odd traditions prevailing here, the offering of Naivedyam to the deity immediately after opening the temple doors in the mornings merits mention. Queer it is, that the deity is allowing the practice without hesitation or objection. He rather likes it, because he is so hungry that he accepts it and admits not elaborate rituals, when the belly is empty. The archamurthi is conceived as that ofBalakrishna exactly after killing Kamsa, Chanura. the court wrestler and kuvalaya, the royal elephant. As he exhausted his super abundant strength in the above acts, he naturally developed unusual keen hunger. Hence the tradition. Marvelous tradition! Let us know a little bit of the temples speciality now. It is here the deity is carried on the head of priests instead of elephants; it is here exists the prohibition of elephants for any function, rather resenting their movements in and out of its precincts; it is this temple that continues the practice of Nrittam at the house of a devotee after death; it is this temple first built by Parasuram and is implementing all the rituals and Utsavas as stipulated by him without changing; it is this that Mushaka dynasty patronised and endowed it with munificent gifts in several forms, besides renovation several times; it is this temple famous for treasuring up excellent wood carvings; it is here a tree called Ilanji tree stopped bearing fruit to protect a bhakta doing prayers under its shade. and it is to this temple. the idol of Balarama is brought in procession during the annual festival from Dharamuculengara, a nearby town.


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