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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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TIRUVANNAMALAI

THE EPISODE OF KARTHIKA DEEPAM

Above all, Karthigai Deepam - Beacon Festival is celebrated with elaborate rituals and processions lasting for days; devout theists who want to avail this rare opportunity for bliss have to follow certain sastric injections. The pilgrim who starts for Tiruvannamalai is ordained to take one meal on the previous day - Bharani, and worship Bharanideepam early in the morning of Karthigai. He must go round the hill walking the entire distance of 8 miles. He should pray at Adi Annamalai temple and see the Karthikai deepam in the night, without meal the whole day. 

It is only on the next day he has to take meal; for, it is such a sacred and unique darsan that no parallel could be found anywhere in the world. And its mystic significance is explained thus - body is the hill; mind, the vessel; devotion, the wick; meditation, the ghee; breath, the camphor, and wisdom , the fire. By lighting this flame thus to dispel darkness enveloping soul, the devotee is made to merge in the Paranjyoti -the Lord of Kailas. And this Lord is the personification of compassion, and whoever prays to him with genuine devotion, he grants any thing and everything. Moreover, this Bhaktavasankar takes upon himself all the responsibilities and undergoes any privation in discharging the ardeous tasks of his children.

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About Tiruvannamalai
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Alien Asthikas.Pg.1
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Prayer Services
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King Vallala.Pg.1
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Karthika Deepam.Pg.1
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