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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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SIVALINGOPASANA

This accounts for the emergence of the Jyotirlingas, Ashtamurtilingas, Panchabhutasthalas and Pancharamas. They are found atop the high snowy hills, down below in the lovely dales; on the banks of rivers; in the hearts of forests; amidst rivers and in the dark caverns of long caves. Visit any inhabited area -- city, town or hamlet, you will come across atleast one Sivalinga, either in well built magnificent temple; or placed on a dias in the open, shaded by trees in the least. It is no exaggeration, if proclaimed that the number of Sivaalayas outnumber all the other temples of all the gods put together. It is neither a poetic fancy, nor a concocted news item. The reason too is not far to seek. Normally the linga widely worshipped is made of granite, is found in abundance everywhere in India; and moreover it alone can withstand the onslaughts of weather, -nor the sculptors of Viswakarma calibre are needed for making it. Above all, Siva is accessible to unostentatious worship only. He demands not elaborate paraphernalia of worshipping material. Isn't He only one among the divinities - simple and unostentatious, and above all more lovable and most generous in granting boons to the utmost satisfaction of the Sadhakas ? This accounts for the ecstatic craze of the devotees to install Sivalingas in every place and at any corner. Hence the emergence of the oft-quoted statement -- Sarvam Sivamayam Jagat -the whole world is filled with Siva. Is He not abiding in every object ? Howelse the objects assume their shape, size, smell, sound, motion, consciousness etc., if not due to the immanence of this Supreme Deity. His presence in them can be felt, if seen through the inner eye with unbiassed l mind and unperturbed pure heart. Evolved souls realised HIM thus. He is instilling devotion in the minds by His Omnipresence. By His divine Omnibenevolence, He makes His bhaktas to come to Him and lead a life of beatitude.

 

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