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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 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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Are nikṛṣṭa jātis (antyajas) allowed inside mandiras as per āgama śāstras?

In the pre-partitioned era, there was ban in some mandiras on the praveśa of antyajas. Is there any basis for this prohibition in the āgama śāstras? Please don't offer unsupported and personal ...
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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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Who is Muniswara deity worshipped in southern India? [duplicate]

A deity named Munishwara is worshipped in southern India. He is considered as a form or a devotee of Shiva. Not much information about him is present on the internet. Who is Lord Munishwara? Is he ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Where can i find scriptural references for vaahan puja?

It is a custom to take the newly purchased car to a nearby temple, where the pujari consecrates it. It typically involves tying a lemon somewhere on the hood, breaking a coconut in front of car etc. ...
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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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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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How does one become a pujari?

How exactly does one become a pujari? As in,I’d like to know what is the eligibility criteria, details of training undergone(like how interested Christians go to a seminary and become priests after ...
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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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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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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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Why are temples devoted to Brahma so rare?

It is well-known that temples devoted to Brahma are extremely rare compared to temples devoted to Vishnu and Shiva (or, indeed, any number of other deities, e.g. Murugan, Ganesh, Hanuman, etc.). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can women be priestesses?

In all of the temples that I have seen, only males serve as priests. I don't remember seeing any women priestesses. Though there are a few famous women devotees like Aandaal, Meera Bai, etc. there are ...
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What is the story of Mahakaleshwar 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 is ...
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Who is Khandoba Mahadev?

There is a temple in Maharashtra named 'Khandoba Temple'. In the temple, people worship Khandoba Mahadev. Who is he?
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Can a god have an Avatar of an Avatar?

I am a Vaishnav and hence I worship Shrinathji. It is said that Shrinathji is an avatar of Lord Krishna but again, Lord Krishna is an avatar of Lord Vishnu so is it possible that gods can take avatars ...
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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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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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Are pregnant women allowed to go to temples?

Is it allowed for pregnant women to go to temples? If it's not allowed, what are the restrictions? And are those restrictions based on scriptures or are they just traditions that have been followed ...
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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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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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Which Hindu god/deity has most temples?

Is there any authentic data captured by a reputed institute or organization, that clearly shows which Hindu God/Deity has highest no. of temples in India? Does any Government body or NGO keep track ...
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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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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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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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