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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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Is Makara Jyothi on Makara Sankranthi in Shabarimala real?

Shabarimala is popular Hindu pilgrimage in South India. Here on Makara Sankranthi, a jyothi (light) appears at the top of hill. A lot of people go there to see that jyothi. Is that jyothi a man-made ...
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Did the people of Srirangam really fight a war ?

I've heard from my grandmother that there was a war fought by the people of srirangam most of whom are Iyengars to get the idol of the srirangam temple deity from the Delhi sultan. I know that there ...
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Why Tulsi water is provided as theertha in temples?

As we all know, in Hindu Temples, after the Mangalarti has been done, priest will start serving the theertha which is a Tulsi water. Why is it served in all the temples? Also sometimes they serve milk ...
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what is Nadi Astrology(nāḍi jyotiṣa) in Hindu astrology

What is nadi jyotish(nāḍi jyotiṣa) in Hindu astrology? How much the predictions exactly true? Does anyone have any idea about that temple's name ? How nadi jyotish is different from kundli?
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What is meaning of this Ãgama-Kosha verse for bells?

There is an art and science of making bells to produce the requisite sounds. There are bells specially made to produce the long strains of the sound OM. The handle of a ghantadi signifies prãna – ...
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What is the reason for whispering a wish in God's ear?

We often see people whispering in a deity's ear like in the image below: Normally, when we visit the temple we simply close our eyes and pray or tell our wish to God. But some people do the above ...
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Can a building be constructed over a temple?

My question is whether a building (with rooms and bathrooms), for residential/commercial use can be built over an existing temple. Such a building is under construction at Jaipur. Is it permissible?
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Why does Kulasekhara Alwar call Vishnu “Vitruvakodu's Lord”?

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 collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Can we eat food before we visit a temple?

My grandparents used to tell me: "You should have empty stomach before going to a Temple". When I was a child, we used to do the same. We visit a temple first and then have breakfast. But now my ...
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Why do Hindu temples have Bells?

It is often seen that people who worship gods at temple rung bells when they enter the temple. These bells are hung generally near the idols or at the entrance of the temples. They are also rung ...
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Which is oldest known sacred place of Hindus?

Which is oldest known sacred place of Hindus? I have found several temples & sacred places of the Hindu religion to be told as many thousand years old. Which of them is oldest known such temple ...
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Navabhashanam in Palani Murugan Idol? [closed]

The following are my questions on this topic. What are the Navabhashanas in the Palani Murugan Idol consecrated by Siddhar Bogar? Where are the ingredients of Navabhashana sourced from and what is ...
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Why is it not recommended to turn back immediately after praying in a temple?

I heard this long time back that one should not immediately turn back after praying, instead take at least 2 or 3 steps back and then turn around. The reason is one should not make their back face the ...
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Varaha Deity and Muslim

I came to know Varaha deity in Srimushnam temple taken in procession during festival times. Can anyone confirm this and explain the reason behind this act. Another important temple is the ...
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Why do people close their eyes in temple during darshan?

In Hinduism, People visits temples for God's darshan. One of the meaning of darshan is to see using your eyes. So in this case Why people close their eyes when they actually visit temple for their God'...
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What's the reason behind the tortoise statue and the nandi statue in shiva temples? [duplicate]

In every Shiva temple There are two statue before the entrance of lord shiva temple inner side Tortoise Nandi Whats the reason behind this?Is there any kind of story belong to this?
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Upper shape of Temples

Why all Temples, Mosques, Churches, Gurudwaras, etc have a structure such that the main area on the ground is broad and on top it is pointed something like '/\'. This upper part varies a bit in shape ...
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How were the rules for Devalaya Vastu forged?

There are very few references as to how the rules for Devalaya Vastu (देवालय वस्तु) were written. Any insights on who the original authors were, how and why they wrote the very specific rules that ...
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What is result of God's Darshan?

Most of the people goes to temple or Ashram to take a darshan of a god or a spiritual enlightened person(guru) respectively. I know Darshan is different from "To See" or "To meet" from the answer of ...
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How and when are idols cleaned in temples?

I saw many time idols are getting cleaned by priests. My question are: What is used to cleanup the idols? Just water or something else? Is there any timing for cleaning?
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What is the difference between Shiva Temple Pradhikshina and just Shiva lingam pradhikshina? [duplicate]

I have been going to Shivalayam (Shiva temple) and noticed that all People who circumambulate Shiva temple go a full circle, where as people circumambulating just the Shiva ling which is open for all ...
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Why dandvat pranam has more importance? [duplicate]

In Hindu temples we can see that many people does Dandvat Pranam. Why it is consider as more important than normal namaskara mudra ?
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Why they depicted sex positions on temples? [duplicate]

Why they depicted sex positions on temples? we all know temples are considered as holy places, even footwear not allowed, then Why they depicted sex positions on temples?
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Why do Hindus take Pradakshina (Circumambulation) around sacred idols?

Why do Hindus take Pradakshina (Circumambulation) around sacred idols? What does it signify? Do the number of times of taking rounds and direction matter? It would be great to know how it started ...
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What do the sculptures on hindu temples represent?

No offence, What do the sculptures of khajuraho and konark temples represent as they are too erotic(hope you understand,refer those pics once if not, westernized)? Not just sculptures of khajuraho and ...
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Why are most famous (or wish fulfiling) temples situated on hills?

We generally feel that that a temple near our house is a normal temple while that on a particular hill is a special temple (may be because of some story behind it) and those on hill tops are said to ...
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What do hindu gods hand gestures and standing pose represent?

In every hindu temple, gods statue will show similar hand gestures. Mainly one is upward facing towards sky and the other facing earth. What gods statue tell us through hand gestures ? In lot of ...
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Can one God be decorated to other look like other God?

Each god will have a different name, form, mantra and qualities. During festive seasons or other occasions we see one god will be decorated to look like different god. Each Murthi will be installed on ...
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What is the significance of bell in Hindiusm? [duplicate]

Bells are there in every hindu temples. There must be some significance of bells. Is there any importance of the sound of bells?
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What is the purpose of Shadari in a temple? [duplicate]

I have heard that the Shadari is a symbolism of God's feet (patham) and he blesses you when it is kept over your head. I am not certain if this is correct, if someone could explain in detail it would ...
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Is it possible to stay full time at a temple/religious location for an year or so? [closed]

Since over a year I've this disconnect with everything around me, people and work and everything else and now, sometimes have suicidal thoughts. I wish to stay away from all this and find a meaning ...
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Importance of Priests in temples

Most of the Hindu temples are maintained by Priests. What are the qualifications that one need to become a priest? What are the duties of the priests towards the temple and god (if any)?
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Why do temples have tortoise figurine at the entrance?

We see tortoise figurine at the entries of almost all the temples. What is the significance and origin of this custom?
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Why are vahanas placed outside the main temple instead of near the deity?

For gods like Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu and many others, the idol of the Vahana (animal or otherwise) is placed outside the garbagriha (the innermost sanctum of a Hindu temple) in most temples. Yet in ...
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Why is Krishna portrayed with huge eyes at Puri Jaganath temple?

Krishna and his siblings Balarama & Subhadra are portrayed with huge eyes at the Jaganath Temple at Puri. This kind of portrayal is not seen in other temples. Is there any story behind this? ...
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Why are black rats treated as sacred at the Karni Mata temple?

I saw an episode about the Karni Mata temple in a TV Show - Mano Ya Na Mano ("Believe it or not"). They showed black rats and said that people treat them as sacred, and that people also drink the ...