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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 BHAVANI OF TULJAPUR

HISTORICITY

From the inscriptional and iconographical evidence, it can be adduced that this Rudraswarupini was left to herself to safeguard her own position and glory during the Muslim conquest of the south, unlike the fortunate Mahalakshmi of Kolhapur, Pandurang Vittal of Pandarpur etc. who laid hidden in the dark hovels of the ardent devotees and were installed later with grandeur unheard of! Added to this discomfiture, as it were, the invader AfzaI Khan, knowing that Mother Bhavani was the family deity of his arch enemy Shivaji ordered at once to raze the temple to the ground and the image to be smashed to millions of pieces and powdered in a quern; but to what effect? Alas! he was paid in his own coin. For, the Mother prophesied his end in three weeks in a resonant aerial voice that reverberated the whole Sahyadri Hills. Yes in a fortnight's time that remorseless bigot joined the dust, decomposed and disintegrated to the dishonour of the whole clan of iconoclasts. This incident took place in 1659, when Adil Shahi of Bijapur sent general Afzal Khan, his commander to capture Shivaji, who proudly boasted that he would take Shivaji to the capital, dead or alive before the end of his campaign. 

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About Mother Bhavani Of Tuljapur
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Antiquity
The Matanga Episode
The Anubhuti Episode.Pg1
The Anubhuti Episode.Pg2
The Anubhuti Episode.Pg3
You are Here! Historicity.Pg1
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The Temple
The Kollala Thirtha.Pg1
The Kollala Thirtha.Pg2
The Archamurthi
The Ghat-Shila
Pujas And Festivals.Pg1
Pujas And Festivals.Pg2
The Mother's Sleep
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