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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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Did Lingodbhava incident take place twice in this Kalpa?

In Thirukandiyur near Thanjavur district, there is a temple for Brahma dev by the name Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar temple. It is believed that lingodbhava incident of where Shiva appearing in linga form ...
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Why oil is offered to Lord Hanuman on Saturday?

If you visit Hanuman temple especially on Saturdays, we see a number of devotees offer oil (especially gingili oil). Why oil is offered to Lord Hanuman
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Are there any curse associated with Padmanabhaswamy temple & Sabrimala of Kerala, India?

Padmanabhaswamy kshetra and Sabrimala area are 2 of the most sacred places in the state of Kerala, India. In recent years, there have been certain controversies associated with them, where the ...
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Do we have temples In this Kaliyuga of 28th Mahayuga or did we have even before? [duplicate]

My question is straightforward. Is temples associated with this Kaliyuga alone or did we have it even before? Prior to Krishna and post Rama? We had 3 Mahayuga passing before Krishna descended to ...
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How are the River, Vimana and Sthala Vruksha appropriately associated with respective temples?

The divyadesams of Vishnu has a connection comprising River, Vimana and Sthala vruksha. Example God Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam temple has cauvery as river, Vimana is Ranga Vimana and Sthala Vruksha [...
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At Hindu temples outside India, do people have to go barefoot outside on the grounds?

At Hindu temples in places that get really cold (e.g. New York City or London), do people have to go barefoot outside on the temple grounds? I know many temples in the United States are all indoors. ...
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What body part of goddess Sati fell on Dakshineswar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple?

What body part of goddess Sati fell on Dakshineswar Kali temple and Kalighat Kali temple of 20 km from each other?
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What is sankalpa seva listed in many temples' seva list?

Many temples have listed sankalpa seva in their seva list. Please explain what is this.
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Which goddess (Ishta devi/Kula devi) sits legs folded & holding shiva linga?

Goddess sitting and holding shivling on one hand. And sitting folding both legs.Please help me find this goddess and details about the temple I'll find her if possible.
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What is the oldest scripture which explains how a temple should be built?

What is the oldest (surviving) Hindu scripture which explains how a temple should be built, maintained, and what should be its day-to-day affairs? Is an English translation of the same available? Is ...
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Is sexual activity by *devadasi* sanctioned in Hinduism?

In a YouTube comments discussion between an American Christian and myself, he keeps bringing up the immorality of devadasi being forced into sex work. I know that such activity is illegal in India. I ...
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What is the meaning of Karni Mata's description as a woman with a head in her hand?

What's the meaning of Karni Mata's depiction as a woman with a head in hand, a lion behind her and rats on the floor? What is her story? Also known as Shri Karniji Maharaj, she is worshiped as the ...
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What is the story behind the famous Shiva linga of Amarnath, India?

is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on ...
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What is the actual birthplace of Sita ji according to scriptures?

Recently Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was in Nepal at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur which is supposed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and I came to know about this place due to the news ...
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Please identify temple in this photo [closed]

I wish to paint following in future. What temple is this? Where is it located? Here is the webpage I found it, https://www.aryagezi.com/gezi/204/tum-renkleri-ile-nepal-ve-hindistan
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Parting gifts given by temple

After big prayer events in temple, we are given half a coconut, banana and a flower as a parting gift. What do I do with these?
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Can the list of Divyadesams be added to or subtracted from?

Can new Divaydesams be created and/or existing ones derecognised as such?
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Can someone place tonsured hair in to the Hundi in the temple itself (in Tirumala)?

I wanted to know if anyone has ever brought tonsured (cut) hair in to the actual temple itself to place it in the Hundi there- near the main deity (where all offerings are placed for Lord Vishnu) Does ...
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Menstruation myth in Hindu culture [duplicate]

Why are Hindu women not allowed to enter prayer areas like temples while they are menstruating? I want to know that why are they not allowed to worship not asked to be separate from family for three ...
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Sankaracharya installed sri chakra in which temples?

Looking for list and description of temples where Sankaracharya installed Sri Chakra.
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Do we know how many Hindu temples were destroyed by Mughals and can at least some be recovered?

Subrahmanyam Swamy says 40000 and only asks for 3 back, Mathura, Ayodhya and Kasi Viswanath. Does scripture prescribe the proper way to decommission a temple - and if a temple is not decommissioned ...
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Where did Ramanujacharya's statue of Varadaraja come from?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the temples I visited was the famous Ranganatha temple in Sri Rangam. The temple has a shrine called the Udaiyavar Sannidhi, which contains the ...
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Are there temples where Vishwaksena is the main deity?

Wiki article of Vishwaksena says: "Vishvaksena or Vishwaksena, also known as Senai Mudalvar (Sena Mudaliar) and Senadhipathi (all literally "army-chief"), is the commander-in-chief of the army of ...
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Do Agama shastras prescribe rules regarding parivara-devatas?

Are they deities who are relatives/associates of the main deity at a temple? do agama shastras prescribe how their idols should be installed?
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Do shastras sanction displaying idols of Hindu Gods as landscaping?

This Tripadvisor link shows idols of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati used as landscaping at a Swaminarayan Temple. (This photo of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj is courtesy of TripAdvisor) A ...
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A priest died inside the temple beside the valmiki sage idol

My question is nearly about 24 years ago a priest died inside the temple beside an idol of sage shri valmiki rishi and after the death of the sage the temple was open and alternatively pooja rituals ...
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Is there any mention in the scriptures that every God has to have a temple of his/her own?

Is there any mention in the scriptures that every God has to have a temple of his/her own? I'm asking this because the number of temples have increased by a very large number in the past few years.
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Why do some temples show Balarama as 8th avatar of vishnu

While visiting Kanchipuram temple in Tamil Nadu, I noticed that they displayed Balrama as 8th avatar of Vishnu, Krishna as 9th and skipped Buddha. Balrama is actually an avatar of Sheshnaga with a ...
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Do idols that receive worship in temples lose power over time and have to be re-energized?

I have seen an idol re-energized. Yagnas were conducted with kalashas filled with water placed next to the fire. The idol was then bathed in the energized water. Are procedures like this mentioned ...
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Is it allowed to hug/touch the main idol at a temple?

Is it allowed to hug/touch the main idol at a temple? In Southern India the idol is usually in a garbhagriha and as far as I know only the priest can touch the idol. I have seen sai baba temples ...
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Do Agama shastras say anything about how small/big temples can be?

From website qz.com, Angkor Wat could potentially lose its status as the world’s largest religious monument to a $78 million upstart being conceived in the backlands of Bihar, one of India’s most ...
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What is the story of Kameshwar Temple (Karon) ,Ballia?

There is a temple in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh at a place known as Karon where a Shiva Temple is there which goes by the name Kameshwar Dham.What is the significance of this place and what is ...
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What is the location of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga?

In Wikipedia, the location of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga is given at two places: Parli in Maharashtra and Deoghar in Jharkhand. Which is the correct location of the Jyotirlinga?
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How did Tulukka Nachiyar become Ranganatha's consort at Srirangam temple?

https://navrangindia.blogspot.in/2015/11/sri-ranganathar-and-his-muslim-consort.html Lord Ranganatha Swamy appeared in the chief priest' dreams and pronounced that he had now taken Surathani (...
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Did Krishna interact with any foxes in Vrindavana?

The Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha is a work by the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya describing the views of various schools of Indian philosophy which existed in his time. One of the schools he ...
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What is Chidambara Rahasyam?

It is believed that the one who understands chidambara rahasyam attains jnanam and gets enlightened. There are many books and TV serials on this topic. It is related to Sri naTarAja swami temple in ...
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Lord Shiva as Hatkeshwara in Hinduism scriptures?

Shreemad Bhagvat Purana is mentioning one form of Lord Shiva as master of gold mines i.e. Bhagvan Hatkeshwara. ततोऽधस्ताद्वितले हरो भगवान्हाटकेश्वरः स्वपार्षदभूतगणावृतः ।। SB 5.24.17 ।। tato ...
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Is Varaha worshiped mostly in South India?

There is a famous Varaha temple at Srimushnam right next to a highway in Tamil Nadu. I don't recall any temples to Varaha in North India, are there any? Is Varaha worshiped mostly in South India?
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What is the story of the Lakshmi Narayana statue in Srivilliputhur?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to Srivilliputhur, which is the birthplace of two of the 12 Alwars, namely Periyalwar and his daughter Andal. Srivilliputhur has two Vishnu temples: the ...
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Why did Krishna give Garuda's brother legs in Thiruthangal?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Nindra Narayana Perumal Vishnu temple in Thiruthankal.  The story of the temple is that Vishnu's three wives Sri Devi, Bhu Devi, and Nila Devi once ...
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Why is the Sanctum Sanctorum called Garbha Griha?

The place where the deity in a temple is placed (prathishtana) is in english called Sanctum Sanctorum. We refer to it as Garbha Griha. The simple sanskrit meaning of this term is 'Home of the Womb' (...
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do temple deities acquire power from devotees?

i understand the idols are empowered by vedic chanting that is drawn into water and the idol bathed in the potent water. is there also a hindu tradition that the deity is empowered by the devotees ...
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Did Madhwas squat on an ancient Siva temple at Kudupu?

From a user review from here As per historical inscription dated 1679 this is one of the Shiva Temple dedicated to lord shiva. The inscription captures that Chouta Queen Rani Chennamma during her ...
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Are there any Madhwa temples famous for their architecture/history/popularity with devotees?

There are united nations world heritage sites thats are Siva temples. iyengar vaishnavites have tirupati venkatachalapati temple that has a large number of devotees and tons of money. Off the top of ...
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Is the Padmanabhaswamy idol at Trivandrum represented as worshipping Siva linga?

This book at page 212 says: the lord in yoga nidra pose is offering bilva leaves to Lord Siva So, is the Padmanabhaswamy idol at Trivandrum represented as worshipping Siva linga?
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What is the percentage of vaishnavite temples that have anya-devata worship?

for example the anantapadmanabhaswamy temple in kerala http://www.sreepadmanabhaswamytemple.org/pooja.aspx you can see that worship services for Sree Sastha Agrashala Ganapathy are offered. ...
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara all the three supreme gods are worshipped at once?
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What scriptures describe Shiva whispering Rama's name to those who die in Kashi?

The Rama Bhujanga Stotra is a hymn to Rama composed by the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. Here is what he says in verse 3 of the hymn: yadāvarṇayatkarṇamūle'ntakāle śivo rāma rāmeti ...
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How can we see the god in kaliyuga?

If we can able see the god after the transformation from family man to yogi in kaliyuga. Also I want to know that how can we get the boon from god in this kaliyuga like that in other yugas. Is it ...
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Is it true that Navagrahas should be worshiped after offering prayers to other Gods at temples?

At Hindu Temples, we see many dieties like Ganesha, Kartikeya (Muruga), Lord Shiva, Hanuman and Navagrahas. I heard that Navagrahas should be the worshiped only after offering prayers to other Gods ...