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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 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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Why are the black colored clothes avoided when visiting temple?

Why is that black color clothes are avoided or not allowed to wear in some temples? They are also avoided when Hindus celebrate festivals like Diwali, Navratri etc, generally on auspicious days I ...
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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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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 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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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 story behind Dhooli Darsanam in Srisailam?

In the Hindu religion, visiting a temple without ablution (cleaning dirt) is said to be sin. One should always bathe before visiting the temple. But in Srisailam, the story is completely different. A ...
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History behind the Kamakhya Temple?

Do you know history behind the Kamakhya Temple located in Guwahati Assam, why it is called the Famous Shakti Peeth ?
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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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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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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 ...
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Which scripture mentions Vasishth praying to Tantrik Goddess Tara?

The Tarapith Temple in West Bengal Goddess Tara, one of the Dash-Mahavidyashas, and has an interesting legend associated with it: Another oral legend about the temple states that sage Vashishtha ...
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Which Vishnu temples do Thailakappu at irregular times?

I'm currently visiting India, and I'm trying to visit as many Vishnu temples as possible. Unfortunately I'm being stymied in some places, for the following reason. Some time in the December-January ...
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Are there temples where the deity is simply called “Vishnu”?

All Vaishnavite temples I have been to - the deity is called something other than "Vishnu", like "ranganatha" or "Venkatachalapati".
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Was one of Uyyakondar's shishyas a relative of Nathamuni?

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 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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Finding a local temple in USA

I live in the NE USA. There are many temples and shrines near where I live. The problem is that all of them were founded by immigrants from India. Therefore, they exist to serve their communities. ...
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How many Lord Indra temples are there in India?

Are there any temples in India which are exclusively dedicated to Lord Indra? If yes, then where are those temples located? If no, what are the reasons for Lord Indra not having temples dedicated ...
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What is the story of Narasimha in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw the Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram.  As I discuss in this question this is the site of a Yagna performed by Brahma which Saraswati tried ...
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Why did Lakshmi become Bhrigu's daughter Vedavalli?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Parthasarathi Vishnu temple in Chennai. The main deity of the temple is a statue installed by the sage Vyasa depicting Krishna as the charioteer ...
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Are there any surviving poems from Thirumazhisai Alwar's disciple Kanikannan?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw Yatotakari Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. The story of the temple is that Saraswati turned into the Vegavati river in order Brahma's Yagna in what is now ...
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What is the story of the seven young male figures shown in Tirupati's inner Gopuram?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the world-famous Tirumala Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati. I noticed something interesting in the Nadimipadi Kavali, the white inner Gopuram of the ...
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Unknowingly Did Full Pradakshina in Vetakkorumakan Temple

I'm wearing mala and in 41 day vratha to go to shabarimala.I visited a Shiva temple where the deity is in Kirathamoorthy form/Vetakkorumakan. There was no rope/block to prevent full Pradakshina.So ...
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What is the story of Indra being turned into an elephant by Saraswati?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. It's such an important temple that Sri Vaishnavas refer to it simply as "Perumal Koil" or "the ...
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What is the mahAtmya of Pandharpur? [duplicate]

This place is one of the famous pilgrim centers. What is its significance and glory?
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Is it allowed to preserve a body in a temple's premises?

Ramanujacharya's body is preserved in Sri Rangam temple by mummification. Is it allowed as per agama or other shastra to bury/preserve a body inside a temple premises?
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What is the significance of amritaghateshwara temple?

The.famous temple of abirami (goddess)-amrita ghateshwara (shiva) at Tirukkadiyur has an interesting fact that it also contains Lord Vishnu temple alongside. It has many miraculous and special stories ...
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What are Char Dham?

What is the meaning of dham? Why there are 4 only i.e char-dham. If someone visit to char-dham, then will their sin be erased? Means why people visit there and what do they get there?
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Why is there a fight amongst Sri Vaishnavas regarding “namam” of Lord Venkateshwara?

There is a strong controversy going on since years about the forehead tilaka.style among both sects of sri vaishnava. The rivalry between the Tenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Iyengar Brahmins ...
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What are the stories of Mhasoba and Khandoba?

Mhasoba and Khandoba are very popular Maharastrian deities. Their temples are popular pilgrim places. What are their respective stories ? Are they mentioned in any scriptures ?
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What is the complete shloka on marriage ages written in new Vishvnath temple, Varanasi

In 2013-14, I visited new Vishvnath temple (in BHU), Varanasi. Inside temple, many shlokas are written on its wall. One of them states the suiatable age of marriage, I remember only few words from it:...
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What was the traditional justification for why Chandalas were not allowed in temples?

Traditionally, Chandalas and I believe even Sudras were not allowed in temples. What was the justification for this and is it based on scriptures?
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What is the story of the Thiruvalavendhai Varaha temple in Mahabalipuram?

I'm currently visiting India, and I may try to see the Adi Varaha Perumal temple in Mahabalipuram, more commonly known as the Thiruvalavendhai temple. It's a difficult temple to visit; it's closed ...
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Why does my Hindu Temple ring its bell so loud for so long?

I stay next to a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Kali. On its rooftop, there is a gigantic bell. The bell is rang every morning at 8am, at noon time and around 6pm. Each session lasting a good 12 ...
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Are non-Hindus allowed inside Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple? Do they need to sign a waiver?

Are non-Hindus allowed inside Tirumala Veṅkaṭēśwara Temple? I heard that for a non-Hindu to enter the temple, they need to sign a waiver. Is this true? Also, is it a recent development or restriction? ...
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Why to ring bell while entering temples? [duplicate]

When I entered a temple, I saw people ringing the bell, and also Hindus keep small bells in their houses, which they ring during worship. What is reason behind it, and also notice about "dhup" ?
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Which of the Divyadesam Sthala are presided by Vishnu's Varaha AvatAram?

Divya Desam are the group of Vishnu sthalam that are revered by Azhwargal in their spontaneous divine poetry - the Naalayira Divya Prabhandam. This collection of poetry was collated by Nathamuni, an ...
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Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself?

Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself of the sin of Brahma Hatya due to killing of Raavana? The Sthala Purana of Hatyaharan Teertha as it is popularly known in ...
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What is the story of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas ...
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Why do Hindus cover their head?

All Hindu women cover their heads in Temples and during prayers which shows respect towards God. Here I have found there is no mention of women covering their head in any of the Hindu texts. If it is ...
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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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Is the Vamana deity in Thirukoilur considered an incarnation of Krishna?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Ulagalantha Perumal Vamana temple in Thirukoilur. It's most famous for being the "Naalayira Divya Prabandha Avatara Sthalam", meaning the ...
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What technique they used earlier to make idols stand for centuries

We all know there are lot of Hinduism temples where idols are standing from many centuries best example is Lord Venktaeshwara in Tirumala, Tirupati. This idol is standing from many centuries it ...
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Why women were not allowed to offer prayers at Shingnapur Shani Temple?

As question says, why women were not allowed to offer prayers at Shingnapur Shani Temple, which is in Maharashtra? Was there any reason for this tradition or was this just a superstition?
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is temple in dwarka still visible [duplicate]

People say that there once existed a "Dwarka Nagri" that Sri Krishna had made Is temple in Dwarka still visible? Are any remains visible under water? What is the proof that there once existed a ...
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Srivaishnava scriptures/acharyas mentioning Pandharpur

Pandharpur is one of the sacred place for Vaishnavas. Is there any Srivaishnava work or some Srivaishnava acharya's injunctions revering Pandharpur as sacred place.
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What is the story of Haridwar?

I want to know the details story of ritual place Haridwar and "Har ki pauri". There are many famous places in Haridwar.So I would like to know the story behind Haridwar pilgrimage place.
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How was Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple wall constructed?

The task was assigned to Thurumangai alwar who was then a king turned to thief. He constructed the temple wall by acquiring a gold Buddha idol from srilanka. Anyone knows the story how he brought ...
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What is the meaning of the name 'Malolan'?

The god in the Ahobila temple is called 'Malolan'. Can someone with the knowledge of Sanskrit enlighten me on what the word means?