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The Mandirs Of   Maharastra
The Mandirs of Maharastra - Index Invocation
The Author Introduction
Kolhapur Pandharpur
Tuljapur Phede
Jejuri Morgaon
Alandi Bhimashankar
Parli Elapura
Shirdi Triyambak
Avantika-Ujjain Prologue
Epilogue Some Shrines Superb
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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      JNANESWAR MAHARAJ OF ALANDI 

Offering prayers on Ekadasi falling in Nov-Dec, brings instant merit, it is believed. Thousands visit for darsan on this day and involve themselves in several special prayer services. The decoration to the metal image placed over samadhi with flowers and bright drapery is quite enticing and the sublimity pervading detains the devotees for long. The absence of Paraphernalia is another plus point that enhances the sanctity of the garbhagriha.

There are many more objects that detain the visitors in the temple for long. Among them, Sidheshwar temple takes precedence over others. It is adjacent to the Samadhi of Jnaneswar. The Sivalinga now worshipped has been existing since the Vedic times. The prayer services offered here follow the Saivaagama though Maharastrian customs greet the eyes the visitors. There is a big size Nandi installed in a beautiful raised mandap and is placed at the entrance through which Jnaneswar entered first and had his Samadhi later finally. Next object that draws attention is the Ajan tree lying next to the wall of the garbhagriha of the Samadhi. It is believed that Saint Eknath who visited this holy place after 300 years Jnaneswar's entering Samadhi, found the tree encroaching the wall and other parts of the temple. He severed a root of the tree to stop its further occupation, but its long broad branches are giving evergreen shelter to the Samadhi. Some aspirants for higher siddhi visit and read the works of Jnaneswar sitting in the shade for hours and feel inspired fit either for composition or gaining mental peace.

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