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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

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Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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SIVABANOPASANA

The emergence of this type of worship has a fascinating background and reflects Siva's Omnicompassion, which knows no equal and timeless also. It is recorded the puranas that the valorous Banasura, son of the formidable demon Bali, who ruled over the three worlds did penance on the bank of river Narmada for centuries. When Siva was pleased with his long penance, appearing before him asked to name his desire for instant granting. Being  a fervent worshipper, and desiring to see Him always, in some form for the other atleast, he asked Him to give darsan in the river and the nearby mountain. Always. Would that astritapakshapatha -- partial to devotees said 'no'? Certainly Never. He said them Amen ! Accordingly He got converted Himself into unaccountable Sivalingas instantly. They are fittingly called Banalingas. This oddity has given rise to a popular adage -- Narmada ke kankar subasankar - all the stones of Narmada are images of Sankara. So offering worship to any one of them tantamounts to worshipping theLord. Bana not only enjoyed the sight of his ishtadaiva, but became means of conferring the forture of offering prayers to Siva abiding in those stones by the passionate Saivates, who bring those Banalingas and worship in their houses, with a procedure odd. Hail Bana hail !  

 

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