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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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There are several kinds of poojas performed to the deities, from early dawn to late in the night, and they are offered in strict accordance with the Kumara Tantra.  They begin with Viswaroopam at 5.30 A.M. followed by Udayamarthandam at 6 A.M. Between 8 A.M and 12.30 PM., the regular poojas, like Modal Kala Sandhi, Sirukala Sandhi, Peria Kala Sandhi and Uchaikala Pooja are offered, and after that the doors are closed.  In the evening they are opened at 5 PM with Sayaratchi puja and closed by 9.35 PM. with Ekantham. 

Though this routine is followed everyday, the month of Margazhi brings some alterations in timings to accommodate specials, when Nityapuja begins at 3 A.M. and ends at 8.30 PM. Another interesting feature observed here is that all the poojas are offered both to Siva and Shanmuga alternately.  There is one more pooja called Rahasya Deeparadhana which is made to Lord Shanmuga behind curtain first and then to Subrahmanya, for the prevalent belief that Subrahmanya gives his Atmasakti to Shanmuga.  

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