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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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LEPAKSHI

THE EPIC EPISODE

Its epic association starts with abduction of Mother Sita. - When that wicked Dasakantha was carrying the wailing victim, Jatayu, a huge bird of unusual dimensions and divine gifts heard her heart-rending lamentation. He saw her plight. Instantly he cried for help intones loud. 'His appeals were lost in wilderness. Unable to get external help, he jumped into the fray and attacked Ravana. Shocked by the unexpected confrontation, Ravana shuddered a little and received blows. Soon he asserted, and knowing that strength of birds lies in their wings, he ruthlessly cut the wings of Jatayu, who gave a tough flight till falling. Though wounded sorely, and was unable to even move, it wanted to report this unjust action to Sri Rama, who in search of Sita would certainly come to these parts, he thought.

Despaired Sri Rama crying 'Sita! Sita!!' passed that way, and Jatayu then narrated the woeful tale of Sita's predicament. Listening to the whole episode, inclusive of its life, Sri Rama offered to perform dahanakriya-funeral obsequies to it; for Jatayu was an extraordinary bird renowned for its-superhuman powers and physical might. In the past, it helped Dasaratha, father of Sri Rama, when he was washed off by the fury of sea waters. Its past was awe-inspiring, but now alone. Proper ceremonies must be performed. And Jatayu was overjoyed and said that it was more fortunate than even Dasaratha; for Dasaratha did not receive funeral ceremonies from the incarnated God. Expressing unbounded joy, Jatayu closed its eyes once for all. Sri Rama like a dutiful son performed due ceremonies. This happened here and it is sanctified by Srirama's Padasparsa. So, sacred and visit-worthy.

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About Lepakshi
Uniqueness..Pg1
Uniqueness..Pg2
Antiquity
You are Here! The Epic Episode
The Historic Evidence..Pg1
The Historic Evidence..Pg2
The Historic Evidence..Pg3
The Temple..Pg1
The Temple..Pg2
The Temple..Pg3
The Temple..Pg4
The Temple..Pg5
Festivals
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