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That Lord Siva To Be Adored
Index Author
Introduction Sivaparatattva And Its Import
Linga Puja Types of Linga
Materials For Making Linga Sivaparthivopasana
Sivabanopasana Sivalingopasana
Sivasakaropasana Siva Pancha - 
murthyopasana
Forms of Siva Modes of Siva Puja
Principal Names Of Siva Siva Mahima
Sivashta Murthis Kshitimurti
Chindambaram Tiruvannamalai
Tiruvanaikaval  Srikalahasti
Khatmandu The Suryamurti
Chandramurti Dwadasa Jyotrilingas
Pancharama Kshetras Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh Haryana
Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh
Bihar West Bengal
Assam Tripura
Bhuvaneswar Madhya Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh Tamilnadu
Pondicherry Karnataka
Kerala Goa
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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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CHANDRAMURTI - ONE OF THE SIVASHTAMURTIS

Similarly the Moon-God standing for the Chandramurti, one of the Ashtamurthis of Siva is to be adored, and offering worship to him should be deemed worshipping Lord Siva only. Comparative diminutive size and power should in no way hamper our fervor for veneration. If the Sun scorches us with the intensity of heat, or blindens with immensity of effulgence, the Moon with the extremity of coolness freezes us for our own good. It only refreshes, rejuvenates us for further work and progress. Imagine for a while the Sun's domination round the clock. "Oh horrible !" saying so we at once close our eyes as a mark of our intolerance. The Sun and the Moon are like the object and shadow exist together, one does not exist without the other, nor bear separation. Persistence for singleness sniffs out subsistence of either. The Chandramurti aspect standing for one of the Sivashtamurtis is given form, size and attributes for adoration. In several places temples are built for regular worship with rituals, but rarely this fact is given due emphasis. Yet the Moon-God is receiving worship. Some point out that the Somanath temple in the Prabhasakshetra of Sourastra enshrining the beautiful linga is the Chandramurti aspect of that Ashtamurti of Siva. (For exhaustive information vide No.l of AGS). Contradicting it, a few affirm that the Chandranathaswami icon 'installed and worshipped in the temple of Chatgaon in Bengal is representing that aspect of Siva. In fact, when that auspicious aspect is quite visible for twelve hours and lighting up the dark worlds, regularly and eternally, why straying into the dominion of disputes and hear the hairsplitting arguments that only lead into darkest caverns to searching for a black cat laboriously in its absence at it, aver, the wise. It is enough if worship is made to that cool-beamed, soft-lighted Moon, and it invariably goes to that Ashtamurti Siva.

 

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