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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

THE ARCHAMURTHI

The three-foot-high granite image of the Mother is grand to look at, and she reveals with eight arms holding weapons, like trident, dagger, arrow and chakra in right lower and upper hands; and sankh, bow, bowl and the head of Mahishasur in the left upper and lower hands. She is in standing posture with right leg on the head of asur and the left leg on the pedestal with her mount Simha behind. It is here found the image of Anubhuti in meditation pose with head down. The Mother with dazzling diamond jewels and colourful robes together with grand garlands looks extremely beautiful and wrings veneration. It is a sight to see and that experience lives in memory for ever. It haunts by flashing across the minds again and again even after years of visitation. As the Mother is deemed to be Jagriti, Sakama bhakti is prevalent. When the desires are fulfilled, devotees pour in their money to redeem the vows taken, along with several kinds of rich offerings. Among them, filling the lap of the Mother, shearing the locks of hair, offering of garments etc. are very common and popular. And in the past slaughtering of animals and drinking of liquor were in vogue; thanks to the reforms, the authorities stopped all those obnoxious practices and switched over to Satwika puja. Hence its popularity is waxing, as modernity with sublime piety has introduced through several traditions in the spirit of changing trends. And permissible to all sections of people.

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About Mother Bhavani Of Tuljapur
Uniqueness.Pg1
Uniqueness.Pg2
Uniqueness.Pg3
Uniqueness.Pg4
Antiquity
The Matanga Episode
The Anubhuti Episode.Pg1
The Anubhuti Episode.Pg2
The Anubhuti Episode.Pg3
Historicity.Pg1
Historicity.Pg2
Historicity.Pg3
The Temple
The Kollala Thirtha.Pg1
The Kollala Thirtha.Pg2
You are Here! The Archamurthi
The Ghat-Shila
Pujas And Festivals.Pg1
Pujas And Festivals.Pg2
The Mother's Sleep
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