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What is the oldest hindu temple? [duplicate]

which temple among the Vaishnava/Shiva shrines are the oldest? Thanks.
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

In Hindu temples, the statues of the deities are present in the sanctum. But in (most) Shiva temples, only a linga is present instead of a Shiva statue. The linga worship seems to be limited only to ...
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How were the Trimurthi born?

In Hinduism, there are three supreme gods, Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh (Shiva). Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the protector, and Shiva is the destroyer. But how were these gods born? Did the ...
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Why are temples devoted to Brahma so rare?

It is well-known that temples devoted to Brahma are extremely rare compared to temples devoted to Vishnu and Shiva (or, indeed, any number of other deities, e.g. Murugan, Ganesh, Hanuman, etc.). ...
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Are there any temples for Matsya, Kurma, and Varaha avatars?

Are there any temples for the following three avatars of Vishnu? Matsya Kurma Varaha If yes, please share some information about some popular temples for them.
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What is the difference between a Shiva temple and a Jyotirlinga?

Spread across India, we have many temples of Lord Shiva and we also have about twelve Jyotirlingas. I want to know whether there's any difference between a Shiva Temple and a Jyotirlinga.
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Story of origin of the Godavari river?

I heard that the Godavari river is believed to be "river Ganga of South India" and has some story behind the origin of it. Can someone please explain the origin of Godavari river as per scriptures?
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Why does only Uppiliappan have “Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja” written on his hand?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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Why is present Kalpa named as Sweta-Varaha Kalpa?

Sweta-Varaha as the name refers White-Boar. But the Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu which lifted the earth from waters was of dark-blue complexion. Varaha avatar which killed Hiranyaksha was also dark ...
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Why did Asuras live on Earth & Devas did not?

If GODS (Indra, Varuna, Yama, Kubera) lived in heaven, how come asuras lived on earth? I understand that Vishnu and Shiva assumed different forms and came down to earth. But then, shouldn't asuras ...
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Why is Panguni Revati considered the “birthday” of Vishnu's Ranganatha form?

As I discuss in this answer, the oldest Vishnu statue in the world, and probably the oldest Hindu statue in the world period, is the famous Ranganatha statue in Sri Rangam. The story of Ranganatha ...
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Does the Taittiriya Upanishad quote a hymn of the Sama Veda?

The Taittiriya Upanishad constitutes the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Vallis (sections) of the Taittiriya Aranyaka of the Yajur Veda. The last of these is known as the Bhrigu Valli, and here is how it ...
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Do the Brahmanas of the Rig Veda mention Brahma and Vishnu's contest?

This excerpt from the Vidyeshwara Samhita of the Shiva Purana relates a famous story involving a contest between Brahma and Vishnu. (To read the whole Shiva Purana, see my answer here.) In this ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's Ranganatha statue?

As I discuss in this answer, the oldest Vishnu statue in the world, and probably the oldest Hindu statue in the world, is the famous Ranganatha statue in Sri Rangam. The story of Ranganatha goes ...
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What happened to the sinner Kshatrabandhu after he chanted Govinda?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The Alwars are crucially important figures in ...

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