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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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Why is Sri Krishna idol turned towards a window in Udupi temple?

In most of the Hindu temples, the main deity faces towards east. The devotees seeking darshan have darshan directly from the front. But this is not followed in Udupi Krishna matha, Karnataka. This ...
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If Krishna's favorite food was butter, why do temples offer sugar as prasadam?

I casually asked someone at a temple and they just smiled and said this is how it is. I almost wanted to ask "what will you offer if Krishna were to visit" but restrained myself.
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What is story of Ati Varadar Swamy?

The main deity (moolavar) of Ati Vardar Swamy of Swamy Varadaraja Perumal is immersed in nearby pushkarini . It is taken out for public worship every 40 years, next time this is going to happen in ...
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Why are Navagraha idols present only in Shiva temples?

I saw idols of Navagraha (nine planets) in many Shiva temples, but I haven't seen them in Vishnu temples like Krishna, Venkateshwara, or Rama. Also, Rahu and Ketu pooja is done only in some Shiva ...
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Why does Srikalahasti Temple remain open during an eclipse?

As we all know, temples remain closed when there is an eclipse. But the Srikalahasti temple remains open even during eclipses and they also do special pujas on these occasions. Please share the story/...
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Why should temples be closed during an eclipse?

Any reference in the Hindu scriptures (Vedas, Agamas, shastras, etc.) on why temples should remain closed during an eclipse (grahana)?
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Why does Lord Vishnu also wear Yajnopaveeta in temples?

Yajnopaveeta should be worn for doing vedic rituals. Why is it that Lord Vishnu is also adorned with yajnopaveeta in temples?
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Reconsecration of deities

If the consecrated murti in a temple gets damaged or destroyed, what is the scripture-prescribed way to reconsecrate and reinstate the deity? Until such reconsecration is done, how should the temple ...
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What do the Snake Idols in Binded form Indicate?

In many Hindu Temples we can see Snake Idol which has two Snakes, bound to each other like a DNA. QUESTION : What does this form of two snakes indicate and why do we worship it ? Below is a picture ...
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Is nagas in temple related to Kundalini?

Does naga in temples represent kundalini? If yes how can it be used for ones spiritual enhancenent? What are the mantras one can use to worship it?
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Etymological meaning of “mandir”

Wikipedia here states that mandir is a sanskrit word. What is the etymological meaning of mandir?
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How did some Jain Bunts became administrators of Hindu Temples?

From this Wikipedia Article, Some Jain Bunts are hereditary trustees abd administrators of Hindu Temples, an example being at the Dharamsthala Temple How and why did Jain Bunts became the ...
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Visiting Tirtha Kshetras during Asaucha

My father attained Parama-Padam (SriVaikuntam) in January this year and we were told not to visit any Tirtha Kshetras for one year. But, we are very keen to visit Tirtha Kshetras and we are in a ...
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Why can't we walk full clockwise in shiva temple?

While on Shiva Temple, we does not walk full clockwise around the temple, why? What is the reason behind it?
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Vedic Temples on Earth's Magnetic Lines [closed]

Is there any mention of Vedic temples being built on Earths magnetic lines? Longitude 79 meridian EAST seems to have very long list of Ancient Indian Temples built on this specific longitude: ...
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Sthala Purana of the Thiruneermalai Temple

In the Divya Desam called Thiruneermalai, Lord Vishnu resides in four different forms: a) Sri Neervanna Perumal (literally meaning, Lord with the complexion of water) b) Sri Ranganatha c) Sri ...
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When did the worship of Sri Radha start?

Vajranava got three idols of Sri Krishna constructed and all three are in Rajasthan now.All three were recovered by the direct disciples of Mahaprabhu. But these images were worshipped without the ...
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Why is there a Bheem temple in Gorakhnath Mandir ,Gorakhpur?

There is a temple of Bheem also known as Bhimsena or Mahabali Bhim in the premises of Gorakhnath math in Gorakhpur. What is the importance of this temple? Give references from scriptures to validate ...
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Why does Thirumazhisai Alwar say the Pandava Thoothar statue of Krishna is older than him?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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What is the scriptural source of the DHYANA SLOKA of Sri Padmanabha Swami?

What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Padmanabha Swami as shown in the enclosed image? Why is Shiva shown in Linga Form and not in His original form while all other deities are in ...
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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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Do any scriptures apart fom Sabarimala Sthala Purana foretell the birth of Ayyappa?

One of the most popular religious destinations in the world is the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala; it gets far more visitors per year than Tirupati and the Vatican combined! The story of the temple ...
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What does the snake on the body of Srinathji signify?

The enclosed image of Srinathji shows a snake around His body which normally remains hidden under clothes. What does this snake signify? Please cite proper sources.
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Why is the idol of a lizard kept in front of the Divine Mother at Dakshineswar?

As the enclosed image shows, there is an idol of a golden lizard (svarna-godhika) to the left of Mother Bhavatarini at Dakshineswar. What is the scriptural reason of this idol of lizard?
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What is the history of this Kali form of Lord Shyama-sundara?

Ths Shyama-sundara mandir of Khardaha, West Bengal was establised by Sri Virabhadra, the son of Sri Nityananda Mahaprabhu.The beautiful idol is believed to be carved out of a black basalt on which Sri ...
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What is the significance of this form of Sri Krishna at Udupi?

What is the significance of this form of Sri Krishna at Udupi? Kindly cite authentic source.
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Why are currency notes kept in the hand of Varanasi Annapurna?

The Golden Annapurna of Varanasi is seen to hold currency notes in the pot in Her left hand. Mother Annapurna according to the dhyana-sloka is known to hold a pot of rice. Why are then currency notes ...
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What could be preventing Krishna to advance to the Middle West states? [closed]

The below map comes from this webpage and shows North American ISKCON temples, centers, gatherings, and home programs. I was wondering what could be the reasons why there are no centres for Krishna, ...
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Where does Vedanta Desikan lament not being a priest in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Whose Idol is this?

In the Sri Sri Taraknath temple,Tarakeswar, West Bengal (a very very famous Shiva Temple of Bengal), an idol with two hands holding a trident is seen just beside the anadi-linga of Baba Taraknath. So ...
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Why is aarti performed to deities in temples?

In all temples Aarti i.e a lamp with camphor or ghee is lit and is shown in circular motion in front of the deities. Is this just a ritual for revering Agni or does it have a deeper significance? ...
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Is preaching recommended or mandatory to a temple priest?

Every temple in India has at least one priest. The act of preaching scriptures a recommended act or mandatory act for him?
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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 Lord Jagannath shown as the Buddha Avatara in Puri?

On the inner wall of the Puri temple, a panel of the ten avataras are engraved (relief on stone).There we see Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Nrisimha, Vamana, Parashurama,Rama,Balarama, JAGANNATH and Kalki. ...
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Which temple was built first at Puri?

Devi Vimala's temple within the Puri Jagannath temple complex is known to be a Sati-pith. Lord Jagannath is the Bhairava of Devi Vimala. Jagannath temple is perhaps the only temple where the main ...
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Whats the basic reason behind placement of these deities?

What is the basic reason behind placement of deities in the three layers in the Dakshineswar Adyapith temple? Please cite proper source.
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Difference between old and new temple of Yadagiri gutta

I recently visited Yadagiri gutta sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple with my parents and siblings. While going back I came to know that we don't visit the old temple. I did search on the wiki about ...
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Why restriction on taking images and publishing 'some' mantras

Why people are not allowed to take images of god/goddesses in Garbha gudi (sanctum sanctorum) of a temple. Is it a sin according to scriptures? or any other reason behind such restriction? In ...
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Who is Govindaraja and how is he related to Venkateshwara?

Tirupati is most commonly associated with the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. But there is another Vishnu temple in Tirupati, the Govindaraja Swami Temple. (This isn't the only ...
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What are the different hasta (hand-postures) which Sri Vishnu holds in temples?

Sri Maha Vishnu resides as Archa-avatara murti (idol form) in many temples throughout Bharata, especially in 108 Divya Desas, most of which are in Tamil Nadu. There is a sthala purana (story) behind ...
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Can anyone explain about lord Ayyappa irumudi kattu?

Devotees visiting the Sabarimala Temple carry with a specially designed bag with two compartments called Irumudi Kattu. I need to know more about that which is followed for many years. Can any one ...
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Where did Thirumangai Alwar meet Narasimha?

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. One of the Alwars was Thirumangai Alwar, aka ...
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Shankaracharya installed sri chakra in which temples?

It is said that Adi Shankaracharya installed the Sri Chakra in many temples. Is there a list and description of temples where Adi Shankaracharya installed Sri Chakra?
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Why do we not find any image of Durga/Kali/Shakti image in renowned Sri Vishnu/Krishna temples?

All the temples of Maa Kali/Durga/Shakti I visited have some idol of Sri Krishna/Vishnu being worshipped in the same temple complex. But excepting the Puri Sri Sri Jagannath Temple, I never found any ...
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Where is the account of Ramanuja recovering the Melkote idol from the Delhi Sultan originally recorded?

I have heard that Ramanuja went to Delhi to ask for the idol after it had been plundered. The idol was in a room with other plundered items but when he called out its name the idol came and sat on ...
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Why do temples prohibit clicking photos of idols? [duplicate]

Some temples don't prohibit us to take mobiles. But they don't allow us to take photos of idols. Why?
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Do any temples allow donations via e-Hundis? [closed]

People like to go cashless nowadays, so, do any temples have e-Hundis to accept donations either through card or Paytm (a payment gateway) in temples? Is it permitted in our scriptures? Have any ...
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When and how did the system of adimai kaavu begin in ancient Kerala?

In Kerala (and many families which trace their ancestry to Kerala), every family identified itself with a 'Kaavu' (not exactly translated as temple) that may or may not be in their ancestral village. ...
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Do the idols of gods and goddesses need to be made of same colour?

Do the idols of gods and goddesses worshipped in temples be of same colour as depicted in scriptures?
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What is the agama being followed by the Sri Nataraja temple in Chidambaram and why is it different from other Shiva temples?

Shaiva agamas form the basis of worship in temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, it seems like the Sri Nataraja temple in the town of Chidambaram, Tamilnadu is not built and/or not follows the ...