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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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TIRUVANAIKAVAL - THE SEAT OF JALALINGA

The famous Jalalinga or Apolinga standing for Apomurti, one of the Sivashtamurtis is installed in a small shrine, lying a little lower than the flooring. It is said that water rises perennially from a subterranean spring lying below the linga and submerges it eternally. So the devotees standing in water have to perform pujas. Admission to this is made on ticket, yet there is steady and heavy rush for availing the darsan of this holy Apomurthi. As the sports of Lord Siva are countless, so are the legends woven round to illustrate His unique vatsalya. According to a popular legend, once a spider and an elephant worshipped the Sivalinga simultaneously in an exceptional manner -the spider weaving a fine web over the linga to prevent the falling of dried leaves on it. And the elephant was bringing the water in his trunk everyday to offer Jalabhishek. The elephant annoying at the hinderance of the Spider's web was tearing it with uncontrollable fury much to the hatred of spider. The infuriated spider entered the trunk of the elephant oneday and stung it. To get rid of it, the elephant dashed against a boulder incessantly but died in the end. The spider too for being caught up in the trunk. Bhagawan Bhaktavasankar conferred salvation on both. So the place came to be known as Tiruvanaikka, meaning there by the place where the elephant was emancipated.

 

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