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The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh
Index Author
Invocation Introduction
Simhachalam Bhadrachalam
Annavaram Ryali
Mandapalli Draksharamam
Vijayawada Mangalagiri
Amaravathi Srikalahasti
Tirupati Lepakshi
Ahobalam Alampur
Mantralya Srisailam
Antarvedi Panagallu
Yadagiri Gudimallam
Basara Kotappakonda
Kaleswaram Ontimitta
Arasavilli Pithapuram
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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DRAKSHARAMAM

TARAKASURA EPISODE

According to legends, this kshetra came to be known as Daksharam on the death of Tarakasura at the hands of Subrahmanya, the redoubtable Chief-Marshal of the celestial armies. That formidable demon Taraka was wearing on his person a big size Siva linga, as a mark of his achanchala devotion to Lord Siva, being a Sivabhakta of high order. When he was brought down by Subrahmanya's potent lance, hurled against his chest bearing the golden casket encasing the Sivalinga, it at once broke into five pieces and fell at five different and distant places, and became auspicious kshetras. And they were called the pancharamas - Amararamam, Ksheeramam, Somaramam, Draksharamam and Bhimaramam. Later, each was dedicated to Lord Siva under different names, with installation of archamurthis by high divinities, like Devendra making Amareswara Vigraha Pratishta in Amareswaraswamy Aalayam in Amararamam now goes by the name of Amaravathi; Someswara Vigraha by the Moon-god Chandra in Someswaralayam in Somaramarn, now called Gunupudi; Ramalingeswara vigraha by Sri Rama in Ramalingeswaralayam in Ksheraramam, now called Palakollu; Kumarabhimeswara vigraha by Kumaraswamy in Kumarabhimeswaralayam in Kumararamarn, now called Samalkota; and the last being Draksharama, where the Swayambhu Linga was installed by Vyasa in Bhimeswaralayam now called Draksharamam. These five kshetra:s were deemed highly holy, and so celestials chose them for habitation. Dhaksha made Daksharamam as his abode and hence called Daksharamam, and perhaps an account of the bumper crops of grapes grown on this soil, it was fittingly called Draksharamam later.

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About Draksharamam
Uniqueness..Pg1
Uniqueness..Pg2
Uniqueness..Pg3
Antiquity
You are Here! Tarakasura Episode..Pg1
Tarakasura Episode..Pg2
Tarakasura Episode..Pg3
Tarakasura Episode..Pg4
Tarakasura Episode..Pg5
Tarakasura Episode..Pg6
Tarakasura Episode..Pg7
Tarakasura Episode..Pg8
Tarakasura Episode..Pg9
Bhimakavi Episode..Pg1
Bhimakavi Episode..Pg2
Bhimakavi Episode..Pg3
The Temple
Archamurthi..Pg1
Archamurthi..Pg2
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