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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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MODES OF SIVA PUJA

Sivabhishekam

The ritualistic worship has many forms.. Though agamas prescribed a set pattern for everyone certain variations are found due to climatic conditions and regional variations. Among the several kinds of Prayer Services offered to the archamuthis, abhishekam has a special significance and it is offered for deriving benefits of many types. Abhishekam means the bathing ritual of the icon to the chanting of special hymns as enjoined in the Agamasastras. First, the idol is anointed with oil, or some other material and then bathed in special water. It consumes a lot of time and money, and hence the administrative authorities of temples charge sums ranging from tens to hundreds, depending upon the nature of place and fame of the deity. 

There are multitudinous kinds of abhishekams; as many as 32, such as Chandanabhishekam, Panakabhishekam, Panchamritabhishekam, Ikshurasabhishekam, Pannerabhishekam, Pushpodakabhishekam etc. Each has a special effect and  confers a distinct merit on the abhishekadars. In e temples advance booking is essential, and devotees wait It for months and years to get their chance after paying the  amount. 

 

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Background..Pg1
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Halahalam Episode..Pg1
Halahalam Episode..Pg2
You are Here! Sivabhishekam..Pg1
Sivabhishekam..Pg2
Siva's Preference..Pg1
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Shodasopachara Sivapuja
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