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The Temples Of Tamilnadu
Index Author
Invocation Foreword
Introduction Melmaruvathur
Tiruvannamalai Tirukkoilur
Chidambaram Vaideeswaran Koil
Sirkali Tanjore
Kumbhakonam Kancheepuram
Srirangam Palani
Madurai Tiruchendur
Rameswaram Suchindram
Kanyakumari A Bird's-Eye View
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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KUMBHAKONAM

The particular data on which the Moon in the month of Magha conjoins with Jupiter is considered specially auspicious, and sacred. On this occasion according to belief, this tank receives fresh supplies of water from the Ganges and eight other equally holy rivers. A bath at this hour washes off sins and ensures merit.  Besides, all the august deities of Hindu pantheon are said to be present in this thirtha then making it skill more sacred, nay the most sacred. Moreover, a great fair is held during this period. No wonder, lakhs of people visit, and it becomes extremely difficult to the government to cater to the needs of the visiting public. 

It is celebrated in the honour of Kumbheswara Swamy.  This alone of the South Indian river festivals ranks with the Kumbha Mela of the North.  In addition to is 12-year-Mela of All-India importance, a mini - festival is held every year in the month of Magha, when the image of Lord Kumbheswara is brought to this place for the ceremonial bath called Avabhritha Utsav.  This also has great pull, but less in pomp.  With many more shrines - small and in scores, this holy thirtha kshetra has been attracting theists since yugas. Staying for a week and visiting each one confers great merit worthy of craving.

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