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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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Next comes the cause of his taking seat on the hill now called Palani or Sivagiri hill.  Once Narada, the manasaputra of Brahma gave a fruit to Lord Siva during his darbar and said that it was a rare phal imbued with gnana, and Siva was the only fit person to eat it.  And wholly at it. Sooner than handing over, ' there were heard claims by Vinayaka and Muruga for it.  Siva decided to present it to the fittest alone.  So he said, "it is a prize to any, who completes the Bhupradakshina, first, and he alone will get it" Subrahmanya sitting on his mount peacock started, but Vinayaka went round his parents with folded hands and said that father and mother are gods and going round them amounts to going round the world. 

So he was entitled to the prize.  His argument being reasonable and acceptable to the scriptures and celestials, Lord Siva gave the fruit to him.  Arriving at this juncture, and seeing the fruit, with Vinayaka, Shanmuga abused the audience and parents for their wrong verdict. He left the place much against the heart-rending appeals of his Mother.  Siva tried to pacify him that he was himself Gnanphal and there was no need for him to have another. 

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Agni Episode
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