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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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How can there be fire inside Mahakal garbhagraha and harm the priests there?

Is this some leela? I know the rational answer is some chemical reaction but Mahakal is above all this. If he wants he could have stopped it and the injuries to devotees and priest. Not to say this ...
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Tungnath Lord Shiva Temple

Tungnath Temple How old could be the Tungnath Temple? Which century and who constructed the Tungnath Temple?
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Who is maa Kamakhya?

Maa Kamakhya is a very popular deity and is considered to be the deity of one of the Shakti peethas. What is so significant about this deity and how is she different from maa Kali and other mahavidyas?...
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Jain and Buddhist destroying Hindu Temples and Mandirs

We all know of persecution of Muslim dynasties towards Hindus, but many Jains and Buddhist claim, and sometimes with evidence that Hindu kings destroyed Jain and Buddhist temples, but couldn't the ...
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Did Ramunaja allow lower-Caste Sri Vaishnavas inside temples

I now many temples had rules as to who can and cannot enter and a hygiene code as well which may not have been followed by some lower varnas. Apart from the inner chamber where the murti resides (for ...
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Temples in Dvapara yuga

Are there any references that temple's were constructed during the period? If so share examples, if not why they were emphasized more in Kaliyuga?
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visiting other temples after going to Shaneeshwar Temple

I heard that one should return home after going to Shani Temple. Tomorrow I planning to go to Thirunallar Shani temple after that Vaitheeshwaran temple and few others. Is it ok to go to Shani Temple ...
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What to make out of fire in Home's temple?

Fire in temple room in home(not the temple itself). It burned the photo of Neeb Karoli Baba that my mother reveres completely. Fortunately the temple itself was left unscathed. Should I make it out to ...
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Is the Rāma Lalla murti that's up for consecration designed in accordance with the shāstras?

Jai Sri Rama As you all are aware about the recent consecration of Rāma Lalla's idol in the newly constructed Ayodhya temple. At first when a quick glance of the idol was revealed, people were not ...
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Why is Kuber worshipped with Vishnu at the Badrinath temple?

What is story of lord kubera that is being worshipped along with Vishnu in Badrinath temple?
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Prana Pratishta in incomplete temple

With Rama Mandir opening on 22 January, there is controversy around scriptural alignment. All the four Shankaracharyas are not joining the ceremony (for different reasons); recently Puri and ...
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Are there any rules for giving bhiksha (alms) according to the shastras?

I've heard that there is eligibility and rules for engaging in bhikshadana but are there any rules to giving bhiksha as well? We see people begging around temples in India, both ordinary people and ...
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Guruvayoor Mahatmyam in Narada Purana?

I have heard that there is a chapter called 'Guruvayoor Mahatmyam' in Narada Purana. But I couldn't find it in the editions I am reading. Does Anyone has a link to this specific chapter ?
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Abandoned vigrahas

Namaskaram to all ! I am planning to set up a temple inside my house. I wish to do prana-pratishta of the vigraha, offer naivedya twice everyday, recite sahasranam etc. The deity is Venkateswara. But ...
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Did any Hindu philosophers/mystics ever explain if there were any benefits to going to a temple in order to worship and connect to Brahman?

According to this website, it is stated: Visiting a Temple plays a crucial role in the Hindu belief system. It is a way of improving our concentration and connection with the Divine figure However, ...
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What is a real story of god Kaal Bhairav?

What is a real story of god Kaal Bhairav and also what is a story associated with his temples,Shree Kaal Bhairav Mandir, Ujjain and Kaal Bhairav Mandir,Varanasi.
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Purapedda shanthi

In Kerala temples like ananthapadmanabha, guruvayoor etc, there was a parapadda shanthi systems - where the priests we're forbidden to go outside the temple complex during the term. Even if it was ...
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Tulu temple priests in kerala

Though Kerala was sankaracharyas bhoomi, many priests in temples earlier we're selected from madhwa tulu lands. These were directly done by rajas of cochin and travancore including many temples in ...
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Where do the scriptures mention Ashtvinayak temples?

Ashtvinayak are eight holy self made (Swayambhu) idols of Lord Ganesh. All of them are in Maharashtra, namely Chintamani, Siddhivinayak, Vigneshwar, Ballaleshwar, Varad vinayaq, Mahaganpati, ...
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Status of different deities in temples

The Wiki article on Ganesa says. In Hindu temples, Ganesha is depicted in various ways: as a subordinate deity (pãrśva-devatã); as a deity related to the principal deity (parivāra-devatã); or as the ...
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What is the Venkateswara Suprabhatam?

M S Subbalakshmi's rendering of the Venkateswara Suprabharam ("Kausalya supraja rama ...") is very famous. But who composed it? Is it recited at Tirupati Venkateswara temple every morning to ...
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Does Puri Shankaracharyaji allow the right of Shudras to enter Hindu temples?

I watched this video of his but I couldn't quite understand what he was saying (or what his conclusion was) on wether Shudras can enter Hindu temples, thus what is his conclusion on this matter?
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Do any temple deities wear unusual attires and is there a sthalapurana behind that?

For example, I recall the religious/political speaker Rangaraj Pande say that the Vishnu idol at Srivilliputtur wears pants. Are there other idols which are dressed unusually either seasonally or ...
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What is the source of Eleven promises of Sai Baba

11 promises of Sai baba are famous as Sai ke 11 vachan. But where is it mentioned in Sai Sachharitra? Which Chapter includes it? If it is not present in Sai Sachharitra, then where did it come from?
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Which Rig Vedic Gods have active temples currently?

Brahma has a couple of temples today. Rudra (Siva) and Vishnu (counting his Avataras also) have hundreds if not thousands. How about Indra, Agni, Soma, et al., and in particular Vayu, who has a high ...
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Tantric Guru Bhawani Mishra [duplicate]

Does someone have more information regarding tantric Guru Bhawani Mishra, who build the temple of Tripura Sundari in Bihar 400 years ago? I am very interested in his history, so can someone share more ...
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Can I go to a temple on my Grandma's 10th death anniversary(thidi)? [closed]

My dad's mother's death anniversary (thidi) is on this Friday. It's been over 10 years since she passed away. My dad and his older brother are going to do the karma Pooja at home like every year. Can ...
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What happened to Lord Ganesha's original head?

The story of Lord Ganesha getting an elephant head is well known. I am interested in knowing what happened to the original head. According to this site, the head is in a cave: The head is in a cave ...
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Is there a tradition that one shouldn't prostrate to humans within the premises of a temple?

I have heard this from temple priests. Is that considered disrespect to the deities consecrated at the temple?
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Are there any ancient temples dedicated to Radha devi in the South Indian states?

Many temples dedicated to Radhika devi, beloved of Krishna, are found in Northern India. Specially in Braj mandala region of Uttar Pradesh. These temples have either local folklore significance or ...
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Leaving keel shanthi post

There are many posts in temple - melshanthi, keelshanthi, brahmavahaka, tantri etc. It is said temple wud have given them umbuli land sealing a karanmai relationship that is serving the God till there ...
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Significance of Dwaja Sthambha (flag post) at temples

At the front of most temples we see tall flag posts (Dwaja Sthambha). What is the significance of these structures? Why do some temples/deities have this while some don't?
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Tamasic and sattvic roopas of Devi Durga

In temples around Udupi and Mangalore, there are many Durga Parameshwari temples in which Goddess Durga is portrayed in different forms and types. Forms include : Mahisha Mardini (killing the bull - ...
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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?

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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