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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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       BHAGAVAN MAHAKALA OF AVANTIKA

THE DUSHANA EPISODE

The advent of Mahakaleswar here has an interesting back ground. Though this place had acquired eminence as a thirtha kshetra, the worship of Lord Maheswar as Mahakala started with the atrocities perpetrated by Dushana, a dreadful demon living in the Ratnamala Hills near Avanti, the old name with which the present Ujjain was called then. The asura was of wicked type, who not only killed the inhabitants for sadistic pleasure, but relished the flesh of the corpses - a cannibal first and last. He was appearing unexpectedly to emptying the dwellings, and disappearing afar leaving bones everywhere. People were mortally afraid of his name, why many used to breathe their last at the mention of his name even-they neither enjoyed peace, nor lived with dignity.

When they were passing through restless nights and graceless days, some among them suggested to approach a pious brahmin living in Avanti itself for help; for he was noted for his spiritual life together with practicing yoga. A quite going man as he was, he neither craved for publicity, nor longed for worldly fame. He was a hermit, although living amidst mahanagara. Meeting him, they appraised him of the asura's wicked acts and the fact of premature deaths mounting higher day after day. Moved by the accounts, he decided to put his yoga Vidya to public benefit.

 

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Sources
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You are Here! The Dushana Episode.Pg1
The Dushana Episode.Pg2
The Temple
The Pujas
Harasiddhi Temple.Pg1
Harasiddhi Temple.Pg2
Ram Ghat - The Temple Of Vigneswara
Jantar Mantar
Gopalji Mandir - Dwaraka Mandir
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