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The Kovils Of Kerala
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Tiruvananthapuram Bhagawathi Of Chengannur
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimalai Lord Siva Of Ettamanur
Annadana Prabhu Of Vaikom Mother Raja Rajeswari Of Chottanikara
Mother Kali Of Kodungallur Kutalamanikyam
Sri Rama's Temple - Triprayar Sri Vadakkunathan Of Trichar
Gurupavanapura The Kozhikode Tali
Tiruvil Wamala Lord Raja Rajeswara Of Taliparamba
Lord Krishna Of Trichambram Tiruvangad Perumal Temple
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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BHAGAWATHI OF GHENGANNUR

As promised, Lord Parameswar visited with Parvathi at his asram and blessed him for doing that Jagadodharan Karya. While staying there, Parvathi had her menses. The divine couple, therefore, dwelt there till the purificatory bath. To keep this alive in memory a temple wash built later, and the image of Lord Parameswar and Parvathi were installed and worshipped with reverence due. 

To mark this event, Triputtu Arattu - bathing ceremony is conducted regularly since then. On account of the occurrence of this here, the Panchaloha Vigrah representing her figure menstruates even today. So the tradition is maintained with. great reverence. Normally the priest who attends to the Nirmalayam - removing of the previous day's flowers etc. at the opening of the temple doors examines the petticoat of the deity.  If he finds the signs of bleeding on the petticoat, it is sent to the priest's house for confirmation by tire chief lady - the priest's wife. 

On confirmation, the Srikoil is kept closed for three days. During this period, a small Vigraha is installed in a secluded room, and regular worship is offered to it. On the fourth day Triputtu Ceremony - bathing ritual is performed with great fanfare. The image then is taken out to the nearby Pampa river on a female elephant. Thousands of devotees; particularly ladies attend this. The returning of the deity to the temple is awaited by Lord Parameswar mounted on elephant. Receiving her at the portal, they go back to their respective seats. Then regular pujas are conducted. This is a monthly occurrence, yet asthiks attach great sanctity and celebrate it with utmost devotion. If nasthiks belittle it, or deliberately denigrate, they are punished forthwith.. History with abundant evidence recorded the consequences of desecration of this practice along with .names and dates. Besides, the petticoat that bears the marks of blood is sold in auction, and the bidders being many including intellectuals and officials, it fetches thousands of rupees. Among the buyers, one may be surprised to find-the names of ex-president V .V Giri and Sir. C.P Ramaswamy Iyer to quote a few.

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