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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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Food to be palatable, it must be cooked with necessary ingredients. They are six in number. And they must be used in right proportion. Along with them, if spices are added, it becomes delicious and relatable, but they are not within the reach of common man; for their cost is prohibitive.

Salt is indispensable for every type of dish other than sweetmeats, of course. It helps digestion and bone development. Not only for the instant use of daily food items, but for preservation of some items, it is invariably used. Take for example the making of pickles, can it be left out? But it is to be used cautiously. If done indiscriminately, health is affected, and growth stagnated giving rise to diseases of several types. Salt is to health as breath to life.

This all-acceptable and universally practicable truth is willingly and categorically disregarded and derecognized at one place, not in a household of a common man, but at an august ancient temple in Tamil Nadu. Hence, the dishes offered to the deity as Naivedyam go without salt. Lavanavarjita aaharsaltless food is the staple food of the archamurti. He accepts, relishes and is what is more He is enjoying perfect health. From which date this strange tradition came into being deserves attention now. This highlights Lord Balaji's infatuation for Bhudevi whose union in wedlock was consummated on this strange condition. When Markandeya maharshi made a supplication to accept food without salt, the Lord agreed and wedded. Since then the temple prepares Lavanavarjita dishes for Naivedyam. So he is endearingly, yet appropriately called Lavanavarjita Venkateswara in Sanskrit, and Oppiliappan in Tamil language. For full details, read.


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