Is there any authentic data captured by a reputed institute or organization, that clearly shows which Hindu God/Deity has highest no. of temples in India?

Does any Government body or NGO keep track of this information?

I know it is challenging to categorize what is a temple and what is not, but I feel there has to be some standard to define this and have this info. kept somewhere.

Why am I asking this question? Here is my rationale.

  • This information can throw up interesting insight into the minds of those who are not much familiar with Hindu religion.

    For example: Why is there a God like Brahma who is a well-known figure in Trinity, but whose temples are rare to find?
  • It may generate more interest in a god whose temple count is more and people may want to explore more info. about the god. This way, stories will be exchanged and discussion may begin bringing more info. to the surface!

Any hints?

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    The two gods with the most temples are Vishnu and Shiva. I think Shiva probably has more temples than Vishnu, but I'm not sure. May 16, 2015 at 17:41
  • While asking this, I too had those two in mind, but same like you, there is no proper evidence or record which can support the claim! May 17, 2015 at 3:44
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    If you take linga into consideration for counting.... Shiva's idols are more... More over in South India.
    – user5084
    Mar 14, 2016 at 16:41
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    It must be Shiva. He has many temples with different names all over India.
    – Trichakra
    Sep 10, 2016 at 9:50
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    I think shiva temples more then any other Jun 2, 2017 at 15:48

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Even though i don't have exact numbers with me, Vishnu has the more temples (consider all forms of Vishnu). I got this rough information from a government department. Since they don't have any online presence, i cannot give you link. But each state government owns a muzrai department where they govern the govt. owned temples. These department are further divided according to district wise.

Given below is the address of Karnataka Muzrai department office: Religious endownment commissioner office,
Near Appex bank,

  • Yes, I agree with Abhishek. I did not have exact count, but among all the temples I have visited, most number was for Lord Vishnu's different forms( Krishna, Ram, Vitthal, Vishnu)
    – user2992
    May 18, 2015 at 12:35

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