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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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As visitors go round the temple, they see invariably groups of people in saffron robes, each bearing on shoulders a semi circular wooden frame, bedecked with divine offerings and uttering - 'Harohara' loudly as they pass.  It is called Kavadi, and it is of different kinds, lie Paal Kavadi, Panneer Kavadi, Pushpa Kavadi, Chandana Kavadi etc., This ritual is performed in persuance of vows taken by the devotees, and it marks their redemption, on offering several poojas.  Normally, the devotees come from distant places, walking all the way to the accompaniment of musical instruments and singing of hymns.

This feature is a common observance here and it goes on throughout the year, but on Fridays it swells in large numbers adding colour and sound to the holy precincts.  This belief is gaining ground even among the intelligentsia for whom the lab tests must precede the acceptance of such truths.  This indeed is Indianness.  In true spirit and action!!

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