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A temple is a place and structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer, worship and sacrifice, or analogous rites.

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Tamasic and sadhivk roopas

In temples around udupi and mangalore, there are many durga parameshwari temples in different forms and types. Forms include mahisha mardini (killing the bull - tamsasic), mahishasura mardini(killing ...
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What do the Vedas/shastras and Hindu Texts say about disputes? Is it worth getting into any disputes?

I am interested in the teachings of Hinduism. I have a lot of questions, and there are still very few answers. Disputes of different types are found at every step of life. What is the right thing to ...
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Why people only visit or care Kashi after 60 years?

When we ask people what is the history of Kashi temple, why is it in such bad condition so long? People suppress by saying why do you think of it in early age. Kashi is the topic after 60. So after 60,...
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Attaining the 107th Divya Desam

The 107th Divya Desam - Kshira Sagara( Thriuppaarkadal having deities - Kadal Magal sametha Parkadal Natha Perumal. This Divya Desam is not located on Earth, but in the higher realms. But it is ...
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Details of Bhawani Mishra who build temple where goddesses speak

There is a temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari in Bihar where many people experienced goddesses talking at night times. I am quoting from this article the deities present inside the temple speak like ...
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What to do with lemon given at Durga temples?

Few temples in south India offer lemons to the Village goddess (a form of Durga/kaali) while worshipping. When I went to a temple yesterday, they are giving lemons each to all the devotees. What is ...
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Ashtavinayaka locations names significance

Ashtavinayaka What is the significance of the eight Ashtavinayak locations names ? Example : Morgaon, Pali, Rangangaon, Theur etc
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Should we close garbhagruha of shivalaya with glass doors? Also any statues of deities?

Recently I established shivaling and trustees had closed shivaling garbhgruha and idols of Lord ganesha and hanumanji with glass doors, I am not able to breath properly. Is something unwanted?
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Best practices to clean Panchdhaatu structures

Jay Shri Ram everybody, Can anybody please suggest what solutions should we use to clean PanchDhaatu structures as shown below. One option is to use Pitaambari powder but that takes a lot of time and ...
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Is this true that Radha created the Mayapur Dham?

If you go by the ISKCON, Sridham Mayapur was created by Sri Radha. Here are the references (1, 2) from ISKCON. In favour of their claim, they have cited a text known as Ananta Samhita. However, the ...
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What is the difference for a Mandir to be erected on the left bank vs right bank of a river?

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 ...
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Is there only single 'Gnana Saraswathi temple' In India?

When I search online, I can find only a single temple for Ganana Saraswathi in India. The temple is located in Basar, Telangana. The legend of the temple is mentioned on the temple website Legend ...
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mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references

mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references plz provident me the krushna mandir in mathura was half destroyed by outsiders. Can i get some reference from shastras about the ancients temple and place ...
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Worship of Lord Skanda in Varanasi

So there is a common story, in short, the one about Divodasa, in which the king removes Lord Shiva from his own city. All the devatas come one by one but end up staying in the city themselves. As ...
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Are there any scriptures available (or mention) that are related to GyanVapi mandir?

Shivling has been found in Gyanvapi, Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, and the supreme court today ordered to seal the area The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Varanasi District Magistrate to protect the ...
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Is Hanumana worshipped anywhere in his infant or child form?

Sri Rama and Sri Krishna are both worshipped in their infant or childhood form. viz. Sri Ramalala (श्री राम-लला), and Sri Laddu Gopala (श्री लड्डू-गोपाल). Are there any temples where god Hanumana is ...
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Are there any temples in which the main deity is Sita?

or is she always worshiped as Rama's spouse ?
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Mahatmya of the five shiva temples of Ceylon

In Ceylon, there are 5 main shiva shrines collectively called the pancheswaram. They are Naguleswaram, Thiruketheeswaram, Munneswaram, Thondeswaram and Koneswaram. It seems these places are among the ...
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Which verses is the Vamana Purana the following quote is from?

Whoever constructs or helps to construct a Vishnu temple will protect eight generations of fathers, grandfathers, and forefathers from falling into hell.
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Why are priests fighting in this temple? [closed]

https://youtu.be/tvKcoiYglDM Someone forwarded me this video and I can't tell why the brahmin priests are quarrelling with each other, that too in a place of worship. Anyone knows what led to the ...
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What is the pauranika mahatmya of the Sri Katasraj Shiva temple in the Punjab?

There is a popular tirtha of Shiva in the Punjab by the name of Sri Katasraj Dhama. It is a large complex and like many pauranika temples, houses a kunda. Although now infrequently visited and without ...
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Does the Puranas and Agamas give any remarks on what type of bodies should oversee temples?

In India, to my understanding, temples are mostly overseen by Government agencies, and due to this, the culture surrounding the temple has changed a lot. See for example the Sabrimala case of the ...
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how the Gods permitted the desecration of Somnath, Kashi and Mathura temple by the invaders

This has vexed me for long. When the Hindu Gods were so powerful how could the Muslim invaders destroy the temples like Somnath, Kashi and Mathura where God were supposed to be living there after ...
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Questions relating to shakti peetha--matabajreshwari temple in Kangra

There are some legends that there is a mysterious rock which would radiate lights during nights in old Kangra town, I wonder if this shakti pitha was located on a huge rock? According to some legends,...
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What is the procedure to carry out temple renovations or relocation?

I read that a lot of temples have been demolished in Kashi in an effort to make the place visitor friendly. And that the same temples are now being relocated elsewhere in the kashi kshetra I would ...
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Any Specific Reason for not having Raam Lala in Mandir at Home

Most of the Hindus, in there Mandir at home have Laddu Gopal, but very few (in fact I have seen none) who have Raam Lala (Bal Raam), is there any specific reason for such behavior? Are Hindus allowed ...
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Is there a temple in India where devotees get rid of the "evil" in their selves by uttering abusive words before a deity?

I came across the following bit on this Christian Evangelist website []: [...]there is a temple in India where they have a festival every year. Devotees go there during this festival that goes for a ...
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In most of the TV serials, it's shown that Lord Vishnu or Krishna apply Urdhva Pundrak and Lord Shiva applies tripundra. Is there a scriptural basis?

Kindly provide with any scriptural basis for the answer. Thank you.
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How does one become a pujari?

How exactly does one become a pujari? As in,I’d like to know what is the eligibility criteria, details of training undergone(like how interested Christians go to a seminary and become priests after ...
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My home temple's bell broke. Is it inauspicious to repair it and use it again?

My home temple's bell broke by falling on the ground while cleaning it. Does it mean any inauspicious thing is going to happen ? Is it inauspicious to repair it and use it again ?
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Why do Ganesha temples house doves/pigeons?

Many temples in South India dedicated to Ganapati maintain dovecotes. For instance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ocltmUtEw https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g304556-d3268808-r151055818-...
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Why are only temples of Lord Shiva open,even during eclipse?

The following sentence was seen in Quora(If the reader wants,I can give the link) “Only Lord Shiva temples kept open During Solar , moon Eclipse, beacause nothing can effect lord Shiva , beacause lord ...
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Isn't keeping the idol-murtis of non canonical hindu deities in temples specifically dedicated to hindu deities a sin?

Isn't keeping the idol-murtis or pictures, etc., of non canonical deities (like Saî Bâbâ, Santoșhî Mâtâ) in the temples dedicated to scripture defined canonical deities, a sin or a forbidden act? ...
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What are some old temples dedicated to parshuram?

What are some old temples dedicated to parshuram,temples before medieval era will be appreciated.
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Why are female counterparts in South Indian temples placed on the right?

Google search for Sri Rama temples in Tamilnadu returns many similar images, with Sita on the right of Rama, as well as many pictures with her being on the left, as usual elsewhere for Lakshmi-...
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Who maintains temples according to scriptures?

This answer says that temples are not owned by any one. But, do scriptures mention anything about a maintainer? Is it king? Is it a person from a particular lineage? or other? Maintainer can be viewed ...
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Do idols/deities in the temple have soul and consciousness or only prana

I have read about what happens exactly during a prana prathista ritual. I understand that certain procedure is followed for instilling prana in an idol. But I want to know if the idol does have any ...
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Why is it said not to eat before worshiping God?

Even for worshipping god everyday in the morning, it is said to have breakfast only after worshipping god. Or it can be said in other way that if one worships god, he or she has to complete pooja ...
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Why is lord hanuman worshipped in the form of stone, side faced & not in form of photo?

In many temples, we see lord hanuman carved on a big stone covered with sindoor and Hanuman facing sided. Why there won't be his vigraha just like other gods? Is there any story behind his side ...
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What is the significance of the float festival - Theppotsavam?

I came across a few videos of Theppotsavam, a festival celebrated in some temples of South India. The principal murti is decorated and floated on a nearby river or lake. As per Wikipedia it seems that ...
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Wife of Lord Hanumāna?

As per this QnA on this site itself, it gives complete details of Lord Hanumāna getting married and having family. No, Hanuman was technically not a bachelor (Brahmachari). His wife was Suvarcalā (...
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What's the story of Shri Krishna becoming Cuckoo bird to meet Lord Shani?

There's a temple in Uttar Pradesh named Shri Shani Mandir Kokilavan. The popular story behind it being: During the stay of Shri Krishna in the Gokula, Shani Deva was desperate to meet his ishta or ...
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Where can i find scriptural references for vaahan puja?

It is a custom to take the newly purchased car to a nearby temple, where the pujari consecrates it. It typically involves tying a lemon somewhere on the hood, breaking a coconut in front of car etc. ...
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Is it acceptable to sleep in same room as Murti (Idol)?

Naively speaking one might expect that it would be acceptable to sleep/ live in same place as a Murti of some God or Goddess, as can occasionally be seen in some temples. For example, the question ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

I live in central India and I haven't met many people who only worship one particular deity or God. They may be partial to one over others, but they worship all dieties. Most temples also contain ...
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Can one do deeparadhana and pooja after 12pm? If not, why?

Is daily worship and deeparadhan after 12pm okay? Please give appropriate reasoning
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Position of a Hindu temple in respect to flowing water (specific bank of a river)

I am studying Hindu temples architecture, and I was wondering if the building place in respect to a river is something specific to the flowing direction of its waters. The only answer I could find is ...
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Wearing masks inside temple

Is wearing masks during prayers in temple a right thing? I went to tirumala 3 months back to fulfil my grandmother's vow of tonsuring my head.After tonsuring my head there I went to temple deity's ...
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What is Kapalika Observance?

What does it mean by Kapalika observance and where does Kapalika come from?
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How can one fulfill wishes through rituals?

Are there rituals (including vrat, tapa, japa, anusthan, purasharan,etc) through which one can fulfill one's wishes and overcome obstacles?
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