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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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Observance of fast has a great spiritual significance. At several places in the scriptures, this is advocated, and the practitioners are held in high esteem. There are certain days ear-marked in temple calendars to observe this ritual: And after that special pujas with elaborate rituals have to be performed to gain the mercy of divinities. The part-owners are promised certain benefits which are naturally denied to ton-observers. Strict observance brings forth quick results, and even those who undergo this fast feel elated on completion The divinities who ordained them shower boons as envisaged. So there is discernable divine sanction for this.

Fast has some biological advantages too. Scientific findings endorse the religious injunctions. Incessant loading of belly retards the normal function of certain digestive organs and impairs health. Doctors din at the ears of patients to take limited intake of food and recommend fast on certain occasions for a few ailments. Even liquid diet also is to be regulated. Inspite of definite and specific recommendations, some gluttons over eat and invite diseases of infinite variety. Limited intake at regular intervals is not only healthy, but lends lusture to the physique. Normal growth sans disease of any kind prolongs the longevity of life. It is every body's longing, but very rarely implemented. So visitation of diseases galore. The progress of drug industry has achieved far reaching innovations to stop the harmful effects of over eating, but man as man rarely heeds doctor's counsels, nor heavenly injunctions. 



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