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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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UDIPI KRISHNA TEMPLE - KANAKADAS WINDOW

Normally the naivedyam offering is made of costly stuff due to addition of spices and other ingredients. Never a cheap quality stuff is given to higher ups, much less to the adorable deities during naivedyam ritual. But in one temple it is regularly made and devotionally offered. The archamurti, as the story goes accepted it with full heart and relished it more than other dishes placed in naivedyam items. Sounds strange is not it? It is neither strange, nor thrust upon compulsion on the deity seeing it enjoyed with face wreathed in smiles and eyes flashing light, the pontiff ordained that it should be regularly offered to the deity.

On unveiling the curtain, we see the grahita is no other than the much venerated Balagopala of Udipi Krishna temple and the data a true bhakta belonging to the lowest caste by birth, but highest in the evolution of bhakti that won greatest honour even from the venerable pontiffs. He is Kanakadasa whose devotion charged songs are sung by thousands and thousands of gayakas that submerged millions and millions of asthikas. His place in the Dasa Sahitya of Karnataka State is decidedly greater, weightier and superior than many who are catapulted to the high ranks. He is an unlettered, underfed wandering minstrel, whose worth was realised by a high souled Godman.

 

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