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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

Yet, I have to add two more points before taking it to FINALE.  One--my sticking to the method of computation and permutation of the temples arranging them state - wise, after limiting the selection to 300.  I based the criteria of selection to 300.  I based the criteria of selection upon Five points Viz - antiquity, divinity, installation, visitation and adoration.  Firstly, the temples here included are ancient ones - say yugas old, came into existence before the dawn of history;  secondly their emergency necessitated the descent of Siva and demonstration of his awesome sports; thirdly - installation of the archamurti made by gods or godmen;  and fourthly their visitation by illustrious men, such as maharshis,  ministrels - god's deputies, pravaktas, men of eminence etc; and finally the adoration by people in huge numbers either regularly or periodically.  Does not greater the number imply holier the kshetra?  Strict adherence to the above is neither possible nor essential, but I kept them as guiding principle mainly.  Non-inclusion of certain indispensably superior shrines, I admit, is only, due to non-availablility of source material, and my limited sources both financial and spiritual; but not to deliberate negligence.

 

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