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The Temples Of North-West India
The Temples of North-West India - Index The Author
Invocation Foreword
Prologue Yatra And Its Importance
Somanath Dwaraka
Mathura Amritsar
Kurukshetra Mount Abu
Ambaji Pushkar - Raj
Mata Vaishnodevi Mandir Amarnath
Some Shrines Superb
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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The present temple with its imposing exterior adorned with marvellous sculpture and a grand Sabha Mantap in front, and a huge Sikhara atop measuring 155 feet in height casts a spell on pilgrims for miles afar. It faces East and has a lowly pardon to its right extending up to the high compound wall acting as dyke along the Arabian sea. Pilgrims enter through the Digvijaya Dwar, a piece of architectural beauty that detains theta longer with its majesty and decor. The Jyotirlinga installed on the Brahmasila is about 4 feet in height and affords a royal banquet to the eye with its sandal paste decoration, which is a novelty here. Imbibing its beauteous splendour, the devotees close their eyes for a while, when Somanath of the ancient times installed by Brahma flashes across their minds and recounts His former glory. There were 1000 priests in His service attending to several activities round the clock. During its heyday, the temple was beautified with invaluable golden ornaments, and the Garbha griha was lighted by jewelled lamps; and a grand bell was rung during the harati with a chain of solid gold of 250 maunds in weight. It had hundreds of giant sized vaults stuffed with rare jewels, and the pillars inside were studded with gems. No wonder, it ignited the lust and greed in the heart of unscrupulous Mlechchas, who raided it again arid again.

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