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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
Another piece of information deserves my acquaintance with you now, and it is of great importance for both of us. It is about the, selection of temples extant. As in the previous book, I followed the five-fold criteria - antiquity, divinity, popularity, installation and adoration. The selected ones are mostly ancient, I may venture to qualify it with the word extremely, but cannot guarantee a hundred percent adherence to it. There are a few, and I have deliberately included the modern ones for their special merits, as no water-light compartmentalisation is possible. Secondly, regarding divinity, such of the Presiding Deities who enthralled the bhaktas by their miracles and lifted them for the welfare of the generality of the community in that locality is given priority. The criterion of popularity is a relative term and it gains creditability by the deliverance of people, out of infinite mercy of the Lord, demonstrated through miracles again and again, irrespective of the time of construction. In this also, strict adherence is impossible. Installation aspect received full and undivided attention. Humans, enjoying the highest acclaim for their super human powers, whose installation ushered in a new era of progress and beatitude in the temple history is given due credit. In certain temples. installation by men of spiritual eminence with auspicious chakra etc. raised the glory of the temple to the peaks. Such factor is also kept in mind in the selection. Finally, adoration i e. method of worship. Should it be with rituals or without them? Certain divinities demand elaborate worship, involving huge sums of money and long duration of time, whereas others are infinitely pleased with nothing except soulful involvement and implementing the Prapathi principle. Does this not merit supreme consideration? I followed this also. I should say with utmost sincerity, all these are kept as guide lines, and if any violation has crept in, it is purely due to expediency which cannot be avoided even by the strictness itself, if born in flesh and blood. My objective is only to be bound by certain norms that heighten the beauty. And the work pregnant with quality. In all the sections, I endeavoured to be obedient to the chosen criteria of the format. Honest confession demands my expression of deviating in certain places where the material is out of grasp.

 

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