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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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Origin of Srisailam Hills

Srisailam is a Holy place known which is called kshetra, amongst other things, for hosting Sri Mallikarjuna Jyotirlingam and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi, one of the eighteen Mahashakthi peethas. The ...
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Mystery of Ancient Hindu Temples?

Our Ancients built Hindu Temples in a Straight line (From Kedarnath to Rameswaram - all are Lord Shiva temples), at that time without having proper Maps and Satellite's how can they built in straight ...
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What is the oldest hindu temple? [duplicate]

which temple among the Vaishnava/Shiva shrines are the oldest? Thanks.
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What scriptures describe night being caused by mount Meru?

Lalla's Shishyavriddhida Tantra is a Hindu astronomical work dating to the 8th century. In this chapter of the Shishyavriddhida Tantra, Lalla attempts to refute various astronomical theories he ...
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Were there any temples in Satya yuga?

Is there any reference of temple of lord in the time of Satya Yuga? Around that time people used to worship which God/Goddess?
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What are the “Daśa bhāskara kṣetrās”?

Srisailam is one of the most ancient kshetras in our country. There are legends associated with this sacred place. Srisailam is one of only three kshetras which is a jyotirlinga Kshetra and also a ...
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Why animals other than Goat, Chicken and pigs are not given as animal sacrfice?

Goats, roosters and pigs are given as sacrifice to gods. There are also many other animals and birds living but they are not Sacrificed. QUESTION : Why certain animals like Goat, roosters, pigs are ...
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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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Why is Gangotri so far from mount Kailash?

As I discuss in this question, Vishnu's incarnation sage Kapila burnt the sons of the Rama's ancestor Sagara to ashes. And at the time there was no sacred body of water in the area to put the ashes ...
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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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Pandharpur Mahatmya, Importance of Pandharpur

Vitthala means the one who stands on veeta(Brick), is an avatar of Shriman Naryana aka Panduranga(whose colour is like that of mud pandu). Vitthala is worshipped by Vaishnavas all over the world and ...
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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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If giving Dana to anyone is adharma then why temples give AnnaDana to anyone?

EXPLANATION : Scriptures oppose giving Dana to those who that does not deserves it. In temples AnnaDana is given to Anyone who comes to the temple. In my personal experience i had seen many people ...
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How to position nandi statue in Hanuman temple? [closed]

In a Hanuman temple near our house there is a nandi statue. Temple is very old . Nandi statue is now coming near the road. I want that it should be placed some where away from road. Hanuman temple is ...
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Who is Tripura Sundari? [duplicate]

I am from Tripura.Our (unofficial) state goddess is Tripura Sundari devi. Due to the similarity in appearance, people of our state think that she is an another form of Kali. But Wikipedia says that ...
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Why is money offered to God as ₹101, 1001 etc. and not ₹ 100, 1000 etc? [duplicate]

I have noticed that after performing rituals, Hindus give dakshina (or fees) to the pandit (priest) in the form of ₹ 101, 151, 501 or ₹ 1001 and not ₹ 100, 150, 500 or simply any round figure. Even ...
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What do scriptures say about Irāvān (son of Arjuna) who married Mohini avatar?

In common folk manner it is told that a Warrior named Irāvān or Aravan (Reference from Wikipedia is because it is at folk manner) who was a great warrior and son of arjuna. It is told that he was ...
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How to worship a Bilva tree

Bilva tree is situated in a Devi temple complex. How to worship the Bilva tree.
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What should a Hindu son do after the death of his father? [duplicate]

I am the youngest son of 3 brothers and my father passed away yesterday. I went to the temple yesterday to seek the help of a pandit for funeral and cremation, when at the temple he mentioned that I ...
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Do piśācas' (ghosts) exist in temples or in our homes?

I was once said by an elderly man that we should not touch the backside of a temple while doing pradakshina because ghosts and rakshasas live there and touching that part will wake them. Supporting ...
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How people knew that RAM JANAM BOOMI is exactly at the same place where Babri Masjid Is? [duplicate]

How people knew that Ram Janam Bhoomi is exactly at the same place where Babri Masjid is right now Institute of Archaeological Survey of India, dig the ground 40 feet but could not found any proof. Is ...
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The Legend of Chessboard (Pala payasam story) of Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple located in Kerala, India. According to the story, The King of Ambalappuzha was a big chess enthusiast. One day a sage challenged him (the king) to play the chess. ...
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Worship of combined deities of “Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra” as in Jagannath Puri?

Where else other than Jagannath Puri, is the worship of combined deities of "Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra" done? i.e., any other temples such as the Puri Jagannath temple? From the official ...
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Why Ganesha is covered with saffron(sindoor)?

We know Hanuman is covered with Saffron paste. But why is Ganesha covered with saffron paste. It is not seen in temples in southern part of India but most of the Ganesha's idols in northern part of ...
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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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Why low-caste people are not allowed inside some temples and homes?

In most temples and homes, especially in villages, low-caste people are not allowed. These regulations are being followed for thousands of years now. What is the reason behind such practice? What do ...
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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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What is the location of Vishnu's sacred place of Mallakupa?

As I discuss in this answer, the Pancharatra Agamas are the foundational texts of Vaishnavism. Similarly, the foundational texts of Shaivism are known as the Shaiva Agamas, aka the Shaiva Tantras. ...
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Is Badrinath actually in India?

Varahaapuran (adhay 140:) Bhagwan Varaha says - I live in kokaamukh in the base of the mountain at the intersection of "kokaa river" and "kausiki river" and will be known as Badri This ...
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How did the Navagrahas come into existence?

I know very little about the navagrahas we see in our temples. To my understanding sukra is sukracharya and guru is Brahaspathi. Does other grahas have respective gods or rishis associated with them ...
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Who is the Kshetrapala god who lives on the Pariyatra mountains?

Most people only know about Chanakya's Artha Shastra, a work about Hindu statecraft. What is not as well-known is that it's based on an older work on statecraft called the Brihaspati Sutras, composed ...
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Small Carvings and statues in pillars in temples

If we observe in ancient temples there are lot of carvings and statues comprising animals, flowers, hanuman, vinayaga, brahmahathi etc in pillars. Further ancient man and woman in different poses can ...
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What are the benefits of undertaking a pilgrimage to Pushkar Tirtha?

The Pushkar Tirtha{pilgrimage place}, is a very holy place in India{located in the state of Rajasthan}. It is believed that taking a bath at Pushkar Tirtha,destroys the sins of the devotees{...
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Why is it required to visit a Temple? [duplicate]

Visiting temples on auspicious days, festivals and even on a daily basis is one of the habits that almost every Hindu has and for that case any human being (based on their religion), visits an ...
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Story of Mookambika Temple from Puranas

Mookambika Temple at Kollur, Karnataka is a temple dedicated to Mookambika Devi. The story of it goes like Devi killed Mookasura, so it is called Mookambika Devi. It is believed that the story of ...
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Why are Tirupati temple priests restricted from traveling overseas?

From this news article: When Pandit Venkatacharilu Samudrala first headed West 32 years ago, he wasn't steered by visions of the good life. In fact, Samudrala strongly resisted joining the newly ...
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Which Puranas contain the story of Sri Kurmam temple?

Sri Kurmam is supposed to be very ancient and divine Kshetra dedicated to Kurma avatara of Sri Maha Vishnu. It was visited by Madvacharya, Ramanujacharya and Adi Shankaracharya. It is surrounded by ...
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Is the image of eggs at temples offensive? [closed]

I have recently read that a court in India has been asked to ban Pokémon Go for these reasons: The high court in Gujarat state was asked to ban the game because its images of eggs in places of ...
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Thousand Pillars Mantap in Ranganatha temple, Sri Rangam

In Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple there is a 1000 pillared mantap. It is said that a Chola king built this overnight as per the order of the God. In total how many pillars are there and any ...
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Upadesa Rathnamalai

108 slokas composed by Thiruvarangat amudhanar is a description about Ramanujacharya. A small temple for him inside sudarsana temple in srirangam prevails. Apart from this any temple for him? I need ...
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What is the story of Ghushmeshwara 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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What is the story of Kedarnath 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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What is the story of Trayambakeshwara 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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What is the story of Kasi Vishwanatha 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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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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What is the story of Rameshwaram 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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What is the story of Bheemshankar 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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What is the story of Vaidyanath 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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What is the story of Omkareshwar 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 ...