What is the difference for a Mandir to be erected on the left bank vs right bank of a river?

Is it related to the Deity, or perhaps to the place?

Do the Vedas, Upanishads or various Agamas prescribe which place is better, for a given Mandir?

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    Don't think that Vedas will have any prescription for temple building (they may have for the location of yajnas). It's the various Agamas that may have such things.
    – Ravitej
    Jun 17, 2022 at 18:55
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    Thank you, I have amended the question.
    – gsl
    Jun 18, 2022 at 5:31
  • Not specific to temples, but if you read tirtha Yatra parva in Mahabharata, it talks about rishis asylums on both south and north banks of rivers. So, I don't think there is much difference.
    – Kanthri
    Jan 5 at 8:05

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I have been researching this aspect with no much result, but luckily a dear friend of mine asked the Priest at his temple.

According to Him, the difference for a Mandir to be erected on the left bank vs right bank of a river can be quite significant, but it can depend also on the kind of river and the surrounding land, if it is hilly, flat, dynamic, intensely populated, etc.

Given all other aspects the same, the left bank offers more calmness, serenity and peace. The right bank will favour and encourage dynamism, strength and intensity.

Not necessarily a Temple dedicated, say, to the Power Aspect of the Mother would need to be erected on the right bank. It really depends on the intention of her devotees, or the Will of The Mother. Same for other aspects of the Divine.

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