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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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The holy black granite icon of Lord Venkateswara, six feet in height is revealing in standing posture with four hands, the upper two holding Sudarsana Chakra and Sankhu, while the right lower called Vaikunta or Varadahasta, pointing to the 
sacred feet, and the left lower one called Katihasta placed on the knee signifying that for those who have trust in him, the samsarasagara is only knee deep, and if they take refuge at his feet, he will confer mukti by lifting from the abyss of eternal woe. Grand symbols, and grander is the interpretation too.
This Mula Virathas many more marvels and mysteries concealed in Himself. A close look reveals that He combines in Himself both the aspects of Siva and Vishnu. The Nagabharanas and Jata in Mritam are the characteristic symbols of Siva, but here Venkatesa is adorned with them. This goes to prove that he is both Hari and Hara. Yet, there is another proof that the Brahma aspect standing for creation is present in the Dharn bera, but it is unmanifest. Thus this majestic
image combines in itself the Vyakta-Vishnu, visible with Mahalakshmi on the right breast and Srivatsa symbol on the left along with conch and disc, the Vyaktavyakta-Siva represented by Nagabharana and jats, and the Avyakta-Brahma, but unmanifest. This singularity of the archamurthi thus presents all the three facts, and succeeds in convincing all sections of people that He is Trinity in unity, displaying inseparable oneness among the Trio-Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. Yet there is another belief that this enticing icon was that of Balatripurasundari Devi, called Bala shortly, and hence 'Balaji', widely used and popularly known to the Northerners. That 'ji' to Bala, of course, signifies reverence.


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