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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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MOTHER RAJARAJESWARI OF CHOTTANIKARA

 

THE ARCHAMURTHI

The first thing that strikes the eve in the Srikoil is the installation of MOTHER'S icon on a pedestal built over loose soil for a purpose specific and benefit public. As the soil in constant touch with the august deity it shares divinity, rather the MOTHER'S benignity is saturated in it. So the soil is used to fill the trinkets given to the adorers. The four-foot-high late rite icon is bereft of well sculptured shape and features.

It is Swayambhu and its shape can be seen only in the mornings before the Nirmalayam rituals. When the idol is decorated with golden raiment and garlands together with dazzling jewels, she looks enchantingly beautiful. She reveals in four arms with disc and conch in upper arms, the lower right arm in abhayamudra and the left in viradamudra poses. This picturesque beauty of the MOTHER is enhanced by the myriad lights burning bright around. A look at the Varadahasta and Abhayamudra itself ensures sure relief and the victims feel that the Goddess would certainly emancipate them. 

She is adored in three different forms - Saraswathi in the mornings, draped in immaculate white garments; Bhadrakali at noons, dressed then in crimson red and Durga in the, evenings, donned in bright blue dress. On account of these three aspects, she is called Rajarajeswari. Every aspect consoles and assures sure cure to the possessed people. On the same pedestal, a two-foot high image is placed and is called Narayana. So they are reverentially called Lakshmi-Narayana by devout adorers. The devotees let out loud sounds, "Ammo Narayana and Devi Narayana" as they enter the Sannidhi. 

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About RajaRajeswari Of Chottanikara
Uniqueness...Pg.1
Uniqueness...Pg.2
Uniqueness...Pg.3
Antiquity
The Episode Of Kannapan...Pg.1
The Episode Of Kannapan...Pg.2
Emergence Of Devi....
Devi Rewarding....Pg.1
Devi Rewarding....Pg.2
The Temple Complex
The Archamurthi...Pg.1
The Archamurthi...Pg.2
The Archamurthi...Pg.3
The Archamurthi...Pg.4
Sastha's Role
The Story Of Yakshi...Pg.1
The Story Of Yakshi...Pg.2
The Story Of Yakshi...Pg.3
The Story Of Yakshi...Pg.4
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