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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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SRIKALAHASTI

Just at this time, a huge elephant was worshipping the Siva linga here every day with a devotion unequalled in fervour and periodicity. And its past too was something fascinating. In the past life, it was a brahmin well-versed in sastras and won a name for austerity. He was poor in health. And wealth too. To add fuel to fire, as it were, he was sick always. When prevailed upon by some rich to waking up one whole night on Sivaratri doing pujas, he did, tempted by a prize; he then availed the darsan of the Lord during the Deepakainkarya- the ritual of waving of oil lamps before the Lord. As ill-luck would have it, he died seeing the ritual bitten by a snake. That mercinary acts of officiating as priest for others and keeping awake the whole night, according to scriptures tantamount to selling of dharma. So he was born as a wild elephant, yet had the knowledge of past life. He was adorning the Vayu linga with utmost devotion by removing the gems offered by the serpent first, and pouring water from its trunk over the linga and placing lotuses before it. It did it regularly, and only after this ritual, it was drinking or eating. The on-lookers were struck with wonder at its piety, but to the serpent it was an obnoxious act, since its offer of diamonds was thrust aside every day by the elephant.

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About Srikalahasti
Uniqueness..Pg1
Uniqueness..Pg2
Uniqueness..Pg3
Antiquity
The Episode of Sri..Pg1
The Episode of Sri..Pg2
Kala And Hasti..Pg1
You are Here! Kala And Hasti..Pg2
Kala And Hasti..Pg3
Kannappa Nayanar..Pg1
Kannappa Nayanar..Pg2
Kannappa Nayanar..Pg3
Siva Panchakashari..Pg1
Siva Panchakashari..Pg2
Siva Panchakashari..Pg3
Holy Places 
Swarnamukhi River
The Temple..Pg1
The Temple..Pg2
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