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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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This little village possesses yet another great marvel Uma Kamandaleswar shrine lying just a kilometre off this one. It is situated right opposite, separated by the road running in the centre of the village, as it were. By and large its legend too is of no mean distinction. Though this shrine is small, comparatively modest in construction and the extent of occupancy, its legend too is quite grand and gripping, and moreover traces the origin of the name of this place, called the famous Ratnapuri once.

Its fascinating beginning springs from the cause of the episode of Ksheerasagaramadana by both devas and danavas. In order to safeguard themselves from the mortifying brutal acts of danavas, always culminating in fatality, devas decided to achieve immortality by drinking - amrit - nectar-a single draught of which makes the drinker immune from death. After due consultation, churning of Ksheerasagara for nectar was found to be the only possibility of becoming death-proof. At once arrangements were made with the hearty cooperation of danavas by making Vasuki as rope for churning, with Mahavishnu bearing Mandara Parvatha on his back to facilitating successful completion. When halahalam emerged from the ocean, Lord Siva drank in to saving the worlds from instant conflagration, and in consequence grew drowsy for a while. During then emerged from the ocean, Iravatha, Lakshmi, Uchaisravam etc., which were owned by devas by tricking out the danavas. With the appearance of the pot of nectar, both parties turned uproarious with equal claims.

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About Ryali
The Quanitness of the Image..Pg1
The Quanitness of the Image..Pg2
Vikramadeva's Episode..Pg1
Vikramadeva's Episode..Pg2
The Sailor's Story..Pg1
The Sailor's Story..Pg2
You are Here! Umakamandaleswar Temple..Pg1
Umakamandaleswar Temple..Pg2
Umakamandaleswar Temple..Pg3
Umakamandaleswar Temple..Pg4
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