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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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SRISAILAM

CHENCHU MALLAYYA EPISODE

The folk-lore literature too vied with mythology and produced its own version, and what is more testified it with the existing practices. It runs-Once Lord Siva, fascinated by the beauty of primeval forest in its blooming glory, manifesting. in colour and sound of the birds and beasts came down in hunting suit and enjoyed, wandering hither and thither for long. As fortune would have it, a local belle of ethereal glamour moving about with a lilting song, in tune with jingling notes of her anklet-bells gleamed into his sight. Forgetting the hunting of beasts, he chased and hunted her down in the end, though with quick jumps, swings, hops and runs, she taunted the divine hunter through the dales and peaks to her heart's content. Realising him to be an extraordinary hunter, the parents hooked him to their daughter and after wedding, he was fondly named Chenchu Mallayya. On revealing his real identity, they prayed him to remain with them for ever in the form of Linga. He assented. And hence her descendants-Chenchus are still retaining some privileges in the temple, like the dragging of car on festive occasions etc. Moreover, they believe themselves to be the rightful guardians of this temple.

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About Srisailam
Uniqueness..Pg1
Uniqueness..Pg2
Uniqueness..Pg3
Uniqueness..Pg4
Antiquity..Pg1
Antiquity..Pg2
Vinayaka's Victory
Chandravathi Episode..Pg1
Chandravathi Episode..Pg2
You are Here! Chenchu Mallayya Episode
Bramarambika Episode
The Kshetra..Pg1
The Kshetra..Pg2
The Kshetra..Pg3
The Kshetra..Pg4
Festivals
Place of Intinerary Interest..Pg1
Place of Intinerary Interest..Pg2
Place of Intinerary Interest..Pg3
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