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Appendix - Index Saivism - A Survey
Mysticism Of The cosmic Dance Emblems Of Siva
Temple Visit
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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Lord Maheswar his own father too made rich recompense once, for neglecting the worship due to this pot-bellied, short statured, elephant headed, single tusked, rat-borne god. So stand in anjali pose and offer mental worship with or without hymns. His physical form according to sastras, is the representation of the premordial sound AUM. Then comes the Sivalinga. This is the formless form rupaarupa replica of the Highest Absolute Several ritualistic prayer services are advocated for fulfilment of different kinds of desires. Adherence to them is essential for frill benefit, but the priest - the mediator between the adorer and adored must be of a pious type, well versed in his duties.  Receiving prasad and adoring the forehead with ash marks, you should make exit to worship Nataraja invariably.  Every Siva temple contains a bronze image of Nataraja, invariably.  Every Siva temple contains a bronze image of Nataraja, the symbolic representation of Siva, who discharges five fold functions for the deliverance of the souls from earthly pasas - bonds.  Agamas are replete with elucidation of this Nataraja's panchakritya dance.  The five functions - creation, preservation, dissolution, obscuration and benefaction of grace are symbolised respectively by sounding of the drum; holding of the arm even; holding of fire pot in left hand;  planting of right foot on ignorance and lifting of left foot.  It is the visual portrayal of the Saiva philosophy.  It has another august name Panchaksha dance - symbolic of the Panchakshara mantra - NAMASIVAYA.  Accordingly, the drum stands for the removal of maya;  the fire for burning of Karma;  planted right foot for removal of anava mala - ignorance, benedictory hand for conferment of bliss to the liberated soul.  So he merits obeisance.   

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