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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
Rameswaram Temple Palani Temple
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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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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

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Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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PURI TEMPLE - THE MULAVIGRAHA

The images of Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath, made of wood are installed on a broad five-feet high pedestal called Rama Sinhasan. The statues of Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath are sufficiently big in size, and are in standing posture. They measure six feet, four feet, and five feet in height respectively, and are draped in white, yellow and black dress. The sanctum sanctorum is very spacious. Though benefit of sculptural adornments, it is unusually vast and there is provision for making pradakshina to the Mula Vigrahas. Strangely enough, there is neither dazzling diamond Jewels nor shimmering out-fit, as seen in the south Indian temple or elsewhere also. Why, even the pompous paraphernalia are conspicuous by their absence. Simplicity and oddity greet us at every step. There are many explanations and divergent versions about the form of deities and the influence they have on the ardent devotees. It is believed that the deities Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannath represent respectively the three major sects of Hinduism-Saivism, Saktism and Vaishnavism, and standing on one and the same pedestal, they are establishing the essential unity of mankind and equality among their children. Hence the attraction for all the three sects. Another version says that the three images are the symbolic figures of the Buddhist Triad - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and so visited by the Buddhists in large numbers. Regarding the popularity and fame of the temple, many stories are circulated. According to one, the spirit of Brahma is embedded in the breast of Jagannath and it is the main cause for the unprecedented popularity, universality and sanctity of the place. Some believe that a piece of the bone of Lord Krishna is enshrined in the bosom of Jagannath. Yet others hazard a guess that the breast of Jagannath encases a tooth of Lord Buddha. The claims of several others may appear fantastic and baseless, but none can deny, or refute with evidence of the unearthly glory of Lord Jagannath.

 

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