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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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Kolhapura Mahatmya traces the name of the capital - Karvirpur to the progeny of Brahma, the Creator. According to mythology, Brahma had three manasaputras - Lavana, Kolha and Gaya. On obtaining boons from him and Siva, Gaya and Lavana turned lokakantakas and terrorized the world, making it unbearable to live in both for gods and humans. When Devendra along with the affected prayed for Lord Vishnu's intervention; he killed them both at once. The youngest Kolha for the purpose of wreaking vengeance did penance propitiating Brahma, his own father. Pleased, Brahma blessed him to be ruler of the Universe unchallenged. Returning, Kolha found to his surprise, one by name Sukesha ruling the country. Killing him in the battle, he enthroned his eldest son Karvir and went to forest for the Vanaprastasram. Karavir unleashed demonic forces to avenge the unjust death of his uncles. There was all round destruction - hermitages were burnt; temples, pulled down; yagasala descreted; innocent, slagheted etc. The afflicted when appealed for mercy, Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu waged a dreadful war for long, since Karvir was a hero of great mettle, yet Lord Siva slew him in the battle. He named the city as Karvirnagar in accordance with the request of the dying warrior.

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