Nandiswar narrated to Markandeya that besides the Gupta Kshetra, Bharat is dotted with innumerable Tirthas and Punya Kshetras all over. The major Siva Pradhan (Siva-Oriented) Kshetras include ‘Varanasi’ where Avimukta Maha Deva, Visalakshi, Annapurna, Kapala Mochana Tirtha, Kala Bhairava Nivas and the Jeeva Ganga were the highlights; ‘Gaya’ Tirtha is well reputed as a Holy Place for performing ‘Pinda Pradaan’; ‘Kedar’ where Shankar is present in the Form of Mahisha fulfilling human desires; ‘Badarikashrama’ where Devi Parvati and Maha Deva worship Vishnu in the form of Nara Narayana; ‘Naimisharanya’where Maha Deva was known for destroying Tripurasura; ‘Amaresha’Kshetra where Siva is in the form of ‘Omkareswara’ and Devi Parvati as ‘Chandika’; ‘Pushkar Maha Tirtha’ where Rujogandhi Siva and Puruhuta named Devi reside; ‘Ashadhi’named Tirtha Sthaan where ‘Ashadh Mahadeva and Rati Devi stay; ‘Dandi-Mundi’ Tirtha where Mundi named Rudra and ‘Dandi’ Devatha inhabit; ‘Aralakeswar’ Kshetra is the abode of ‘Sukshma’ Siva and ‘Sukshmi’ Girijakumari; ‘Kurukshetra’ where ‘Sthanu’ Deva and ‘Sthanupriya’ Devi stay; ‘Kankhal’ where Siva in the form of ‘Ugra’ and ‘Uma’ named Devi are housed; ‘Attahaas’ Tirtha is the Place where Surya Deva worships; ‘Srishaila’ is a popular Kshetra worshipping ‘Mallikarjuna’ and ‘Bhramaramba’, where Brahma did penance for Siddhi before taking up Creation of human beings; ‘Kalahasti’ on the banks of River ‘Suvarnamukhi’ displaying ‘Kalahasteswara’ and ‘Bhringamukharalika’ (Jnana Prasunamba) where Veda Vyasa worshipped; till date Pujas are performed to appease Rahu and Kethu Devas among the ‘Navagrahas’; ‘Kancheepura Kshetra’ where ‘Devi Kamakshi’ performed Tapasya under a Mangoe Tree to ‘Kamashasan’(Ekambareswar); ‘Vyaghrapuri Tirtha’ near Tillinanam where Siva is present as famous ‘Nataraja’ in the dance form at Chidambaram, where Maharshi Patanjali did his ‘upasana’; ‘Sethubandhana’ / ‘Rameswara’where Sri Rama and Devi Sita returned from Lanka after killing Ravanasura and Sita set up a Sand Linga, since Hanuman Deva was unable to bring a fascimile of Kasi Visveswara on time; ‘Soma Tirtha’where ‘Somnath’is present; ‘Gokarna Kshetra’ where Bhagavan Gokarneswar is present; ‘Brahmapura Kshetra’ on the banks of Pushkarini where Brahma established Parama Siva; ‘Tripuranthak Kshetra’ where the Three Eyed Siva demolishes the devotees’ fear of ‘Naraka’; ‘Prabhasa Kshetra’where Sri Krishna and Balabhadra worship ‘Chandrardha Sekhar’; ‘Jaalandhar kshetra’where Andhakasura was killed by Siva and Jalandhar did Tapasya to become the Head of ‘Shivaganas’; ‘Jwalamukhi’ Sthaan ( Place) where Devi Jwalamukhi worships ‘Kaala Rudra’; ‘Triambakeswar’ on the banks of Godavari River where Kartikeya secured the Shakti to kill Tarakasura and so on.
Sri V.D.N.Rao and Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
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