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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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The Sivalinga of Vaidyanath is a gift of Lord Maheswar and it was granted after vigorous penance and exhibition of deep faith and devotion to him by Ravanabrahma. According to Kotirudra Samhita, Ravana desired to make Lankarajya invincible and the danava race immortal. He knew that Maheswar alone could bless him with the fulfillment of his desires and he alone would be easily won over by penance and prayers. Accordingly he went to Kailas and started penance. When it could not yield the desired, he began cutting his heads one after another and throwing them into agnikund as oblation. Without remorse nor expression of anguish, his persistence went on till he offered nice heads. Before severing the tenth, the Lord appeared and said, "I am indeed pleased with your devotion, ask anything and it will be granted onon". Waiting only for this, he asked for the Atmalingam that could ensure immortality to the adorers and invincibility to the place of its occupation. Lord Maheswar, the Omnicompassionate without forethought or insight granted it on the spot. Together with it, pitying at the loss of nine heads, he restored them. And so, once again he became Dasakantah - ten-headed Ravana. 

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