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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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YATRA AND ITS PARAMARTHA

Secondly, performing sraddha to manes is a must Normally, sraddha must be performed at one's own house and offering it in the house of others is strictly prohibited; but as thirthas belong to nobody, they can be performed here with due rituals. They confer supplementary benefits due to sanctity pervading there. While performing sraddha, one is forbidden to offer arghya and making avahana. Further  nishiddhakala - improper time need not be taken into account - given any importance. Giving gifts comes next. People who could afford can offer dana several types of gift to the learned brahmins and priests like godana - gifting of cow, Swarnadana - gold Vastradana - dhoties, and sarees, Bhudana - land and Navadanya - grain etc. Needless to state, offering of prayers with several rituals to the deities is given priority over all the rest. It is clearly stated that yatri should scrupulously avoid receiving any gift from any one during the whole period of yatra. If he accepts, it tantamount  to selling all the merit accrued due to yatra. Sastras are vehement on this aspect but emphatic in saying that giving gifts at Kasi, Kurukshetra, Gaya and Amarakantaka are allowed and one shakes off his poverty. If he gives here, but accepting any at these places, one purchases poverty.

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About Yatra And Its Paramartha
Man And His Place
Mind And Its Marvels
Pilgrimages....
Advantages..Pg1
Advantages..Pg2
Pilgrim Centres..Pg1
Pilgrim Centres..Pg2
Merits..Pg1
Merits..Pg2
Eligibility
Mode Of Yatra
Austerities..Pg1
Austerities..Pg2
Places To Be Visited..Pg1
Places To Be Visited..Pg2
How To Begin
What To Observe...Pg1
You are Here! What To Observe...Pg2  
What To Observe...Pg3
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