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Book - Temple Trips South India by Lonely Planet

Book titled ‘Temple Trips South India’ published by Lonely Planet and is written by Janaki Venkataraman and Supriya Sehgal. History and legends of some of the important and minor temples in South India are detailed in the book. The book is priced at Rupees 495/- Hindu Business Line reports  Titled “Temple Trips South India”, the guide presents an elaborate insight into the sculptural beauty, architectural grandeur and cultural festivals etc across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  In addition to popular temples in Tirupati, Ramanathswamy and Thanjavur, the book also includes comprehensive features on lesser known temples highlighting the importance of each deity, temple’s history and the wealth of its antiquity.  Filled with descriptions of the era of Cholas and Pallavas, the book takes readers through various aspects of Dravidian architecture such as cave temples, structural marvels, innovative usage of granite and more.  Temple historian Pradeep Chakrava

Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal Teachings And Quotes

A collection of quotes and teachings of Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal The greatest impediment to Bhakti is the ego, which repeatedly asserts itself and prevents self-surrender. Thus a man can truly surrender himself to Ishvara only if he annihilates his ego. Repeatedly thinking of Ishvara and practicing spiritual discipline precisely in the manner indicated by the Guru go a long way in effacing the ego and engendering devotion. The light of a lamp falls on its surroundings. One may study Sastras in that light, while another may, paying no attention to it, spend time sleeping. Similarly, great souls are always showering their grace. Each one can derive benefit depending on one’s mentality. Tendencies develop, regardless of the characteristics of the action performed. Hence, he who wishes to lead a proper life will do well to avoid evil deeds and repeatedly perform virtuous deeds. People say that thoughts keep coming to their minds. They can hardly conce