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Vishnu Mayam Jagat
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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INTRODUCTION
It may appear funny or quixotic that certain states are totally oblivious of the importance of certain avatars. Not even one or two temples of any size is built for deities, like Narasimha. particularly in the North India. I mean separate, independent temples; but here and there, one may come across the Narasimha representation, on panels, or ceilings through painting or carving, leave alone the question of a niche or pavilion for him. I Want to represent each state as in the previous book. It is only the Andhra Pradesh that seemed monopolising this deity, as evidenced by the existence of well-built, grandly maintained, ancient temples numbering more than forty. In other states, like Karnataka, Kerala and TamiINadu, there are few and they are largely visited too. Needless to say, that my dumping of Narasimha temples in A.P. in the list is justified. About the temples for Kurmavatar, there is only one of its kind In the whole of Bharat Khand and it is in Andhra pradesh, and it is given elaboration. Likewise for Matsyavatar too. The only one in superbly maintained condition, deserving indispensable mention is in Andhra Pradesh again. It is given due significant treatment. For the Vamanavatar, again the dearth appeared on the scene, but Tamil Nadu and Kerala states are having some ancient temples installed with those august icons Next comes Parasuramavatar. It is a pity that Kerala state, the gift of that formidable God has not built number of temples befitting his stature, contribution etc. But for him Kerala could not have been owning as much spiritual wealth as it is now proud of. Touch any part of the Kerala shrine at any place, Parasurama appears and feasts the eyes and ears of devotees with monumental contribution he made for the growth of theism. The lone spot at Trichur temple, though declares his glory, with awe-some episodes is no holy temple, but the sacred spot of his meditation during his stay is receiving prayers. So it can be subordinated, in a way to the one extant in Maharastra at Phede and the other at Renuka. Ironical it appears that it was built by a Muslim lady, whose faith in him consoled and profited to her heart's content. And finally for Balarama. Again disappointment stared in the face. There is only one and that lone fullfledged temple is in Kerala and it is visited largely and maintained to a commendable degree. Elsewhere in the north there are a few, but not worthy of mention. No doubt in many hoary Krishna temples, Balarama's icon is installed adjacent to the archamurti, or close to one of the walls, but no annual festivals nor sodhasopachara worship is performed A sad neglect! And unpardonable blemish!! Inclusion of such places is made for maintaining impartiality.

 

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