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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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Here is another novelty! The history of origin of the Ayyappa cult reveals a strange blend of antiquity with historicity. There arc two versions about the origin; one begins in the dim past, precisely at the time of churning of the Ksheerasagara - ocean of milk for obtaining Amrit to conferring immortality. The Devas, when totally debilitated by the atrocious acts of danavas, were shown the way by Sri Maha Vishnu - that the only sure way was to drinking of nectar which confers amarathva, though not invulnerability.

When they started the Ksheerangara madana, making Manthara Parvatha as the churning stick, placing on the back of the tortoise form of Sri Maha Vishnu, and the snake Vsuki as the rope, first came Kalakootha poison, threatening to convert the worlds into heaps of ashes. The All-compassionate Lord Maheswar at once swallowed it to save the universe from annihilation. Parvathi his loving spouse throttled it before passing down the gullet. 

It made him Neelakantha reminding the beholders the infinite concern the Lord has for, the cosmos and humanity. Sooner many covetable objects, like the Kamadhenu, Kalpavrisha, Iravatha, Vuchchaisrava along with Sri Mahalakshmi turned up. There was much hullabaloo for them. Some how the crafty devas out-wining the headless danavas owned them.

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