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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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TRIPRAYAR - KOOTU VAZHIVADU

Confronted with unaffordable hardships and insoluble problems threatening existence, man looks up and with palms joined prays to heaven to illumine his path and grant strength to cut the Gordian knot. And takes vows of different kinds for instant relief and sure release from the tight grip of Satanic forces. His faith on realisation of follies starts escalating and goes on propelling till he is hurled at the feet of the Almighty Providence for refuge permanently. That All-powerful Supreme God sheds compassionate mellowed light then, and saves the penitent devotees with miracles of infinite variety.

On crossing the ocean of grief, and when placed under the all-protective umbrella, man thinks of redeeming his debt in cash or kind as vowed during crises. The redemption is made through numerous ways and temple chiefs have established means to fulfilling the object. Thus come into existence several sevas, vazhivadus etc. They vary from temple to temple. And some of them extremely strange and appear ridiculous even to the staunch theists. As they are strange, so is the tradition, but seen through the eyes of those who took vows thus, they are justified on all counts. Offering hair, tulabharam of new born first baby, naivedyam of several kinds, currency, coins, animals etc. is a common place tradition in practice and temples are making provisions and arrangements for redemption. And the income that comes is becoming the backbone of their existence.

 

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