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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 PUJAS AND FESTIVALS

The regular worship is offered five times a day as is the practice in Maharashtra. Attendance at three sessions a day-for a period of six fortnights confers great merit. The first puja starts at 5 AM with the Suprabhatam - awakening ritual. According to tradition, a torch is taken round the sanctum sanctorum with singing of hymns. Then begins abhisheka - bathing the ickon in milk etc., followed by decoration with sandal paste, garlands shimmering robes and dazzling diamond jewels. Prayers in song and chants are offered. The second session called shodasopachari puja begins at 8 AM. This is quite elaborate and upacharas are many like avahana, padya, arghya, achamana, snana, alankarana, dhupa-diparadhana, arati, naivedva, dakshina and parikramana. The third puja being very important some more rituals are added. It is offered to the accompaniment of band music played in the nagarkana. The evening puja called Panchopachari and the last one reaches the finale with shejaarati, when the Mother is put to sleep with fine songs. Along with these daily ritualistic pujas, there arc some others like Palkhi seva and Ratostava.

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