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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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'Bejjam' is the Telugu word for tunnel or hole. As the tunnels are made in hills by the grace of God, this area was called Bejjawada or Bezawada, for short. It went by the names of Bijapuri and Vijayavatika - all honorific names signifying its glory. It fame was further heightened by to existence of three enviable factors - kshetram, thirtham and Daivam. Undoubtedly, it was, and is a holy kshetra, for enshrining the images of Lord Siva, in more than three shrines; Parvathi in the role of Durga, and they are being adored with ardour unparalleled; secondly it is a place of holy thirtha; for the river Krishna as mentioned in the Puranas is more sacred than Ganga, since Ganga springs from the foot of Lord Mahavishnu, whereas Krishna emerged from the body of the Lord itself, so a mere darsan purges one off sins; thirdly it is the abode of the most compassionate of God -Lord Siva and he is abiding here with his inseparable consort Parvathi under the name of Durga. Hence the holiness of the place to a degree greater, nay the greatest resulting in the prosperity of people in every segment of life, and what is more it is handed down from generation to generation like a hoary legacy.

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