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Lord Bizarre Beliefs & Odd Traditions
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Invocation Introduction
Naivedyam First... Prohibition of Elephants
Dancing Around a Tree Uncooked Rice Naivedyam
Krishna's  Preference.... Natakasala Sadya
Ettumanur Valivilakku... Kutalamanikyam Temple
Mangalagiri Kootu Vazhivadu
Triprayar Trissur
Taliparamba Temple Lord Siva Mourning...
Trichambaram  Karhepathar Temple
Yamunotri Temple Kanyakumari
Suchindram Kanipakkam
Sakshi Gopal Mandir Dharmasthala
Rameswaram Temple Palani Temple
Mantralaya Srirangam
Tirukkaikunram Kancheepuram
Melmarvatthur Opiliappan Koil
Vaideeswaran Koil Chidambaram
Tiruvannamalai Kartheeka Deepam
Tirumala Simhachalam
Srisailam Bhadrachalam
Mother Bhavani's.... Tulajapur
Test of Rama's Monogamy Kanakadas Window
Udipi Temple Jejuri
Khandoba Temple Puri Temple
Amarnath Cave Temple Belur Temple
Calcutta Karpara Kshetra
Kedarnath Temple Ujjain Temple
Khatmand Kullu Valley Biliji Mahadev Temple
Unmeltable Ghee Trissur Temple
Worship Offered... Deshnok
Tiruvidaimarudur Uraiyur
Amarnath Tiruchangodu
Tiruchengodu Tiruvamathur
Changing the direction of River
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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URAIYUR - TOPLESS GARBHAGRIHA

Incredible it sounds that there exist here and there a few temples with topless garbhagrihas. This constructional style is a deliberate deviation from the norms set down in the Vastusastra; yet they are luring a steady influx of bhaktas and paryatakas throughout the year. Normally, Dravidian architectural, pattern insists on a tall tower over mahadwar and another lesser in height over the garbhagriha - sanctum sanctorum. Of course, Orissan counterparts differ in this and the mahadwaras surmount comparatively smaller ones and are totally eclipsed by the gigantic, majestic and splendid curve linear ones built over garbhagriha visible for miles. Some other styles of construction, like Vijayanagara, Yadava etc., have their own models, but no where the garbhagrihas are bereft of towers.

Some towers have fantastic tales and have long legends. The Ananda Nilaya - the glittering gold plated tower surmounting, the garbhagriha of the Balaji temple at Tirumala has been casting irresistible attraction since its construction. Its sanctity draws and rivets the attention of every visitor and makes him feel that his trip for Balaji's darsan reaches consummation point with that only. Visitors to every temple miss not seeing the tower over garbhagriha. But, if the top of the garbhagriha is not adorned with a tower, mystery beckons attention.

 

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