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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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SIVABANOPASANA


Before bringing that adorable Bana linga, devotees adapt an ingenious method of selection of the kind of linga from the stones found in abundance, hill and in the river, resembling Siva lingas. a search for long, although all are adorable, they subject the linga to test - they weigh it first against rice. Later, again they weigh the weighed rice against the Linga in the changed pans. A second time. If there were to be a negligible wee bit difference - say a little more, it is deemed fit for house-holders; and if it is less, it is earmarked for recluses -- sanyasis. Incidentally, the linga that remains same when weighed without undergoing change, is found unfit and called non-Banalinga. True Bana Linga fit for worship must have some difference, however insignificant it might be. Then they bring it for daily worship Worship is made at home by installing it with rituals as embodied in Saivagamas. This practice is observed by the zealot Saivates even today. Strange are the legends, stranger still is the belief, and the strangest it is, that such worship elevates the devotees and confers solace abundantly. That, is India. And this Indianess in its prestine purity is manifesting even today in the orthodox families to the embarassment of agnostics.

 

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