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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
Maharashtra Gujarat
Indonesia Sri Lanka
Vietnam Appendix
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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INTRODUCTION

Certainly, there can be no two opinions on the intentions of the humanist sage-seers in causing the temples built by ruling class since the blossoming of theism.  With their inner eye-'antarchakshu', they realized the infinite potentialities of the places of worship, built for any god-head, as a matter of fact. They even incorporated in their writings vividly the advantages of individual and congregational prayers in temples, along with ritualistic worship to the adorable gods. They installed icons according to the agamic canons with mantra, yantra and tantra of their own making and proved the efficacy of' temple worship. They intended, rather intensely craved for the creation of the Vasudhaika Kutumbham' - one world family through temples, and temples alone, which invariably bring mankind under one roof, transcending all barriers, like race, religion, caste, cult, age, sex A the like. This tradition was honoured, and is being implemented down the ages without any trace of doubt or contradiction.

And none can gainsay the fact that the temples are, and have been the citadels of  culture, cradles of religion, centres of national integration, since they cement the faith of the devotional community in that All-Time-Highest and mould the life of mankind. The emotional cohesion that emerges in the daiva sannidhis is beyond description.
This basic conviction impelled the philanthropists to enter the arena and appease their devotional thirst through constructing gigantic temples
in the modern age, as democracy has replaced the royalty. rise, their zeal and resources may not match the fervour and involvement of their models of the bygone past yet, their contribution is highly commendable. For, some of the shrines that are built in this century have claimed the additional advantage of catering to the needs of the moderns, whose taste or temperament is daubed with western paint, due to the impact of foreign rule and spirit of the time.

 

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