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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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Come November, begins then the Mandalapuja! There goes up then crescendo after crescendo of the resonant cadences of the holy name of Ayyappa, soaring higher and higher to reach, as it were, the snow-bound abode of the Lord of Kailas to invite Him to Sabarimalai for witnessing the colorful spectacles of the multisplendoured glory of His youngest son, giving darsan to lass of devout Bhaktas, reaching his Sannidhi, by trekking scores of miles with Irumudi on heads, japamalas in hands, and uttering 'Swamiye Saranam - Saranam Ayyappa, throughout the journey. 

Beginning from mid - November to mid-January, one can observe congregations of Ayyappa adorers, draped in black or yellow, adorning the foreheads and arms with stripes of ash marks across, going about in great hurry through lanes and by lanes to the make-shift Ayyappa shrines, sprouted in the street corners of slums, and spacious quadrangles of posh mansions, reverberating with devotional songs, in praise of the glorious life of that Hari Haraputra, whose miraculous miracles, ushered in an era of democracy in the ritualistic form of worship - a novel and much- needed tradition though preached by almost all cults, ever since the religious awakening in man, alas! never implemented, much less honoured, anywhere in any religion, and at any time. 

In the East or West too. The mush-room growth of Ayyappa Sangas is a sure a sign of the spectacular change, the cult has inducted in the psyche of the asthika commonwealth that the high caste grey-haired orthodox turned Ayyappa pays homage to the outcaste, nomad turned Ayyappa, the very next moment of his becoming spiritual sadhaka, inaugurated with the wearing of japamala after due propitation to the holiest Dharma Sastha. 

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