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SRI KALAHASTI KSHETRAM, CHITTOOR (AP)
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Panchbhootasthalam representing vayu element, also called Dakshin Kailasha.
As per Shiva’s boon, Vayu is incarnated here as Shiva and worshipped as Kalahasteeswara.
The kshetram is also associated with Rahu and Ketu.
The Kshetram is named after 3 devotees of Shiva- a snake, spider and elephant who worshipped a lingam in the forest. Elephant did jal abhishek with water from its trunk, spider protected it from dust by weaving a web on it and snake adorned it with his jewel.
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Once, the web and jewel got washed away when elephant sprayed water on the lingam. Angered snake entered elephant’s trunk and bit him but died in the process. The agitated elephant trampled the spider accidentally. Shiva gave moksha to all three.
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DANDAYUDHAPANI SWAMI, PALANI (TN)
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Once, Muruga lost to Ganesha in a contest on divine fruit; he left Kailasha and came here in anger.
Shiva tried to pacify him by saying that he (Muruga) himself was the divine fruit (pazaham nee). So the place became Palani.
Meanwhile, Maharishi Agastya asked his disciple, Idumban, to move the hills of Sivagiri and Shaktigiri further South. Idumban bore the hills slung across his shoulders, in the form of a kavadi one on either side. When he was tired, he placed the kavadi near Palani to take rest.
Sri Muruga tested him by making the hills so heavy that Idumban could not lift them. When he challenged Muruga, he was killed in the battle. Muruga restored his life again and make him dwarapalaka of the hill. Also, he promised to bless all who came bearing a kavadi here.
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SRI KOTHANDARAMAR KSHETRAM, VADUVUR (TN)
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This is one of the Abhimana Kshetram of Sri Vishnu and is also known as Vakulaaranya Kshetram. Here Sri Kodhandaramar along with Sri Seetha, Lakshmana and Hanuman appear in Thirukalyana kolam.
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When Rama completed Vanvaas and was preparing to return to Ayodhya, the Rishis prayed to him to stay with them. Torn between duty to return to his kingdom and love towards the Rishis, Rama created His own enchanting divine form as a murti, left it with them and went to Ayodhya. Image
Centuries later when king Sarabhoji ruled Thanjavur, he had a dream. In the dream, Rama asked him to unearth the vigraha from Thalai Gnayiru (near Thiruthuraipoondi). The King unearthed the murtis and on his way back, he rested at Vaduvur. Image
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MA VINDHYAVASINI, MIRZAPUR (UP)
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Vindhyachal is the only place in the world where all the three forms of Devi-Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati have specific mandirs dedicated to them.
All Shaktipeeth have body parts of Sati but in Vindhyachal, Devi resides herself.
When Sri Vishnu took birth as Krishna to Devaki- Vasudev, at the same time a girl was born to Yashoda-Nand.
The infants were inter-changed and Kansa tried to kill the girl. The girl escaped from his hands and took the form of Devi.
She, then, made Vindhyachal mountain her abode.
The war between Devi Durga and Mahishasur is said to have occurred at Vindhyachal. Ma Vindhyavasini is also called Mahishasur Mardini.
Vindhyachal is unique because Devi is worshipped as per tenets of Vaam maarg as also Dakshina Maarg of Shakti cult of our Dharma.
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PANCHMUKHI HANUMAN, RAMESHWARAM (TN)
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Panchmukhi Hanuman is located at a distance of about 2 km from Rameshwaram.

Outside the Kshetram there is a tank with floating stones in it. It is said that these stones were used to make Ram Setu Bridge. ImageImage
When Ram-Ravana battle was going on, Ravana asked Ahiravana, the king of Patala, to take Rama and Lakshmana to Patala.
Hanuman entered Patala in search of Ram-Lakshman. He discovered that the life of Ahiravana was hidden in five lamps kept in five directions.
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Ahiravana could only be killed by extinguishing these five lamps at the same time. To accomplish this, Hanuman took the form of Panchamukha Hanuman and blew out the five lamps at the same time.
It is believed that this is the place where he revealed Panchmukh form. Image
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SRI VADAKUNNATHAN, THRISSUR (KER)
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One of the oldest and largest Shiva kshetram of Kerela and first among 108 Shiva Mandirs set up by Parashurama.

Adi Shankaracharya is said to have been born to Devi Aryamba and Shivaguru after years of prayer to Vadakunnathan.
It is believed that Shiva and Parvati came here at the request of Parashurama but disappeared suddenly.
Parashurama saw a radiant light emanating from a Lingam at the base of a huge banyan tree. This place is the Mula sthana where Shiva manifested himself in the form of a lingam
The daily Abhisheka of Shiva with Ghee covers the shivlingam making it invisible.
The ghee doesn't melt even in scorching summers. A portion of the ghee, after Abhisheka is given back to the devotees as it is believed to have miraculous power to kill all the diseases.
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SURYANAR/SURYANARAYAN KOVIL, KUMBAKONAM (TN)
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Presided by Surya Dev and his consorts- Ushadevi and Pratyusha Devi.
It is one of the 9 revered Navagraha Kshetram in Tamil Nadu and the only one with separate shrines for all planetary Devas.
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Once Rishi Kalava was suffering from leprosy. He prayed to Navagrahas. The planets were pleased by his devotion and granted his wish.
Brahma was furious because nobody had the right to change the destiny of a person. He cursed the nine planets to suffer from leprosy.
On being cursed, all the nine planets performed severe penance to please Shiva here. Shiva was pleased with their penance and appeared before them. He blessed the planets and told them to do good to all those who pray to them with full faith and devotion at this place.
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SHRI SIDDHIVINAYAK, MUMBAI
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Siddhivinayak is called Navasacha Ganapati or Navasala Pavanara Ganapati (meaning- Ganapati bestows whenever one humbly and genuinely prays) among Bhaktas.

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The mandir was built by generous donations from Smt. Deubai Patil. She had the belief that Ganesha would answer the prayers of childless women.
Therefore it is a predominant belief that those without a child can get their prayers answered here.
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It is said that Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj (follower of Akkalkot Swami Samarth) buried two murtis in front of Siddhivinayak as instructed by his guru.
As was foretold by Swami Samarth, 21 years later, a Mandar tree grew at the spot where these two murtis were buried. Image
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YANTRODHARAK HANUMANTHA, HAMPI (KAR)
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Here, on a hill near Tungabhadra River, the image of Sri Hanuman is enclosed in a hexagonal amulet in prayer mudra.
It is said that the shrine is built where Hanuman met Sri Ram for the 1st time.

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Other belief is that Sri Vyasaraja used to pray to Hanuman in this place by drawing his image on the rocks. By the time he finished his prayers, the picture used to disappear. When this happened for 12 days in a row, he pleaded with Sri Hanuman to appear before him.
Hanuman appeared and asked Sri Vyasaraja to constrain him in a six-sided amulet and build a shrine.
12 monkeys are carved around this amulet. They represent the 12 days Sri Vyasaraja prayed to Hanuman. Each monkey holds the tail of the monkey in front of him but faces backward.
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HORANADU ANNAPOORNESHWARI, CHIKMAGALUR (KAR)
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Annapoorneshwari is the Devi of nutrition and food. The literal meaning of Annapoorneshwari is “Feeding one and all”. Anyone who comes here is offered meals and shelter within the premises.
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Maharshi Agastya is believed to have done pratishtha here.

Once, Shiva and Parvati had an argument. Shiva declared everything in the world including food to be Maya or illusion. To prove him wrong, Devi Parvati disappeared resulting in entire Earth becoming still. Image
Taking pity, Devi appeared as Annapoorna and relieved everyone.
Another belief is that once Shiva beheaded Brahma and his skull got stuck in Shiva’s hand. He was cursed that till the skull is not full of food or grains, it will remain stuck to his hands. Image
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KANAKA DURGAMMA, VIJAYWADA (AP)
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Ma Kanakadurgeswari is the supreme Goddess of Andhra Pradesh, seated atop the Indrakilaparvatha at Vijayawada.
This area is called Bezawada as Shiva made a bejjam (hole) in the rocks so that Krishna river could flow freely.
Once, a Rishi Indra Keela prayed to Devi and asked her to reside on his head forever. Devi told him to wait in the form of a mountain in the holy plains of River Krishna.
Later, when Devi killed all demons, she settled on Keeladri as Mahishasura Mardini and fulfilled his wish.
In this place, Arjuna performed penance and fought with Shiva, who had appeared in the guise of Kiratha to win Pasupathastra, the most powerful weapon. So this place is also called phalguna theertha and Vijaywada on account of Arjun’s victory.
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KANIPAKAM VINAYAKA, CHITOOR (AP)
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Kani means wetland and Pakam means flow of water into wetland.
Kanipakam Vinayaka is swayambhu (self-manifested). The murti is in a well which is always full of water. ImageImage
Once, there were three brothers. Each one had a handicap- Dumb, Deaf and Blind. They had a small piece of land for livelihood. For their field, they drew water from a well. One day, they found that the well had dried up so one of them started digging in the well. Image
His tool hit something and blood oozed out. They found a swayambhu murti of Ganesha here.
Villagers started offering coconut water which overflew into a channel. Hence the name Kanipakam. Image
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NAMAKKAL ANJANEYAR, TAMILNADU
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Sri Anjaneya/Hanuman murti at Namakkal is 18ft tall and holds a japmala in hand and sword in waist.
Here, Anjaneya is closely associated with Narasimha and Ma Lakshmi.
Once, Anjaneya was bathing in Gandaki river of Nepal. He found a huge shaligram shaped like Sri Vishnu. He carried it with him. When he was passing over this place, he wished to bathe but shaligram cannot be placed on ground.
He, then, saw Mahalakshmi doing penance.
She wanted to see Prabhu as Narasimha, hence the penance. She agreed to hold the shaligram for some specified time. When Anjaneya could not come back within the given time, she placed it down. The shaligram became a huge mountain.
Vishnu appeared as Narasimha before Ma Lakshmi.
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EKAMBARANATHAR SHIVA KSHETRAM, KANCHIPURAM (TN)
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Pancha Bhoota Sthalam representing the element - Earth.
Also one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all 4 most revered Nayanars- Sambandhar, Appar, Sundarar n Manikkavasakar sang the glories of this kshetram.
Once, to relieve herself from Shiva’s curse, Parvati came here and prayed to a Shivlinga made of sand under a mango tree. Shiva sent fire to test her. She took Sri Vishnu’s help who calmed the fire by using the moon rays on Shiva’s head.
Shiva, then, sent Ganga to flood the area
Parvati requested her to calm down as Ganga was her sister.
It is also said that when river Vegavati flooded, Devi embraced the sand Shivlinga so that it would not melt. Her immense devotion pleased Shiva and she was reunited with him. Ekambareswarar is thus Lord of mango tree.
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