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The Kovils Of Kerala
Index Author
Invocation Introduction
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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LORD SIVA OF ETTAMANUR

FESTIVALS

ASTHANAMANDAPA DARSAN

The major annual festival falls in the month of Kumbham corresponding to February - March. It is a ten day festival. On the eight day, the festival reaches the pinnacle of festivity, when the Lord is worshipped in a specially decorated Mandapa lying to the north east corner. 

This begins strangely enough at mid night, yet thousands and thousands of Bhaktas coming from far off places participate lustily and offer their mighty mite in cash. The Darshan of the Lord is quite auspicious and it goes by the name of 'asthana mandapa darsana'. It is the most glorious occasion to avail, when the Lord's sports receive due recognition and propagation. Devotees who congregate on this special occasion redeem their vows and offer special prayer services to the Lord to enabling them cross the ocean of Samsara.

Like the Ashtami festival at Vaikom, this is celebrated with due eclat and great piety. The large copper vessel kept in the Mandap overflows with Kanikas offered by the devotees. It is the most propitious time to take vows or redeem. Hence unmanageable crowds.

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