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From: Eswar Josyula (
Date: Thu Oct 12 1995 - 08:26:54 PDT

That the Vaisnavas os south india take a bath if they visit Siva temple 
is probably an overstated untruth.

However, i am looking for clarification for what transpired on this
group a week ago.  It was asked why Sri Ramanuja was not welcome
at Siva temples and the reply was that Sri Ramanuja had no reason
to go to a Siva temple.  I am trying to understand this.

Why had Sri Ramachandra a reason to establish the Siva lingam at
Rameshwaram?  Why did Chaitanya Mahaprabho make efforts to visit the
Jyotirlingam at Srisailam and was fulfilled by the darshan of
Lord Siva and Mother Parvati?  

I do not think it can be constued in any way that the supremacy of
LOrd Vishnu is questioned here. It is not that one needs to please all
the Gods becasue offerings to Lord Vishnu satisfies all the Gods, as 
stated by Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita.

But, as the greatest devotee of the Lord Vishnu, what is our relationship
we want to maintain wiht Lord Siva?

-Eswar Josyula