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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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MOTHER MAHALAKSHMI OF KOLHAPUR

THE SILHARA'S LEGEND

It was the, capital of Silharas reputed to be the descendants of Vidvadharas for over three long centuries. Though this historical evidence is preserved in the archives, certain events that took place are so imbued with mystery that they appear mythological. It appears that the illustrious prince Jeemutavahana while rambling near the hill heard by chance the heart-rending wails of Sankhachuda, sitting draped in red dress on the alter to be eaten away by Garuda. When enquired, he learnt that according to the agreement reached between the Nagas and Garuda, every day one Naga was to he offered to Garuda for food to saving the race from total extinction. And that day it was his family's turn to send one to Garuda. He being the only male member, the grief become infinite, but unavoidable. Taking pity on Sankhachuda, Jeemuthavahava volunteered to substitute himself for the comfort of Sankhachuda's parents, although he had married only on the previous day. Much against the protests, he allowed himself to be eaten away by Garuda. Malayavati, his chaste, young wife who came running with retinue, found her lord dead. The sorrow of the two families needless to say was soul-stirring. Then Malayavati prayed to Mother Mahalakshmi for Mangalyabiksha. Would the Mother quash such streaming petitions? Would the chastitiy go unrewarded? Mother Mahalakshmi blessed the new weds with the request, along with several boons. Moved by the Mother's compassionate act, Garuda not only terminated the agreement with instant effect. but stopped once for all that inhuman practice. Above all, he sprinkled nectar over the heaps of bones of the Nagas he had killed for food previously. All the dead were revived to life. This happened here and it was immortalised by Sri Harsha in his famous Sanskrit play Naganandam.

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