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Dwadasa Jyotirlingas
Introduction Kedarnath
Kasi Dwaraka
Ujjain Omkareswar
Somanath Nasik
Aurangabad Sahyadri
Parli Srisailam
Rameswaram
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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OMKARESWAR - OMKARESWAR JYOTIRLINGA

Antiquity

Coming to the antiquity, it was due to Vindhya's deep penance that the place acquired spiritual eminence. It appears that the Vindhya Hills growing jealous of the splendour of the Mount Meru ,determined to outgrow it in height and sanctity. Knowing that penance is the only means to fulfill its ambition, it did penance, propitiating Lord Siva, the first and foremost God, easily accessible and infinitely merciful among gods. Lord Siva, when pleased with its tapas appeared to bestow boons. Granting its ambition of growing to any height, He cautioned it to extend veneration to Sivabhaktas always. And if contrary takes place, ruination overtakes with vengeance. Later events proved that the Vindhyas regardless of the warning, grew to enormous height to the extent of obstructing the movement of the Sun and Moon. And also dishonoured the request of ardent devotees to stop growing and allowing passage for the heavenly bodies to move, so that they could be freed from eternal darkness. Then .came Agasthya, who craftily subdued it in a subtle way of asking it not rise its head till he returned. He never came that way, nor it grew later. The episode of his tapas occurred here. And the splitting of the Jyotirlinga into two Omkareswar and Amareswar also took place then at the soulful prayers of gods and sages. Hence its sanctity.

 

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