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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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Which is the largest Hindu temple in the world?

Which is the largest Hindu temple (in terms of area) in the world? Some say it is Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Although, others say it is a Buddhist temple.
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Why is the top of a temple pointed? [duplicate]

Many temples have a pointed top. Other structures have a decreasing diameter as the height increases (near the top). Is there any significance behind this? For those interested, this question ...
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Why Saibaba is worshipped as a deity in Hindu temples? [duplicate]

Why Saibaba is worshipped as a deity in Hindu temples? Does Hinduism allow saint or sages to be worshipped too? If yes then why other Hindu saints are not worshipped? I have seen people performing ...
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Kaal Bhairav idol vs Hanuman idol in Goddess temples

I have seen that at some temples especially of Mother Paravati, there are statues of Kaal Bhairav whereas in others there are statues of Hanumanji. Why is this difference? Is it because the shakti ...
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Story of swayambhuva Shrinathji temple

What is the story of self manifested Shrinathji Temple story of Rajasthan?
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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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Who owns a Hindu temple according to Hindu scriptures?

Subramanian Swamy said in a video that God owns the temple, and the pundit only acts as a 'trustee'. Is this validated by the Hindu scriptures? Also, assuming it is validated, is this applicable to ...
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Sculptures on the Hindu temples of the Ajanta and Ellora caves

The Ajanta caves have temples in the range of a 100 kms which have many Hindu temples. (There are Jain and Buddhist temples too). The Ellora caves also have a lot of Hindu temples, greater in ...
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What are the mantras recited in a Prana Pratishtha pooja?

I was reading about the opening ceremony of a temple, that mantras are recited to welcome the divine to reside in the Murti. What are the mantras recited?
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Why are women advised to tie their hair in temples?

Once when I visited a Durga temple, a man who was giving out flowers to all devotees told me to tie my hair and not leave it open in the temple. I genuinely want to know the reason.
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What is the reason behind use of crackers for temple festivals? [closed]

We generally see in temple festivals that use of crackers is a star-attraction. It always attracts a huge crowd. But it may prove fatal too as it is a risk using huge amount of crackers at a time. Do ...
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Why are women restricted from entering temples during menstruation? [duplicate]

Women are restricted from entering temples or any other holy places during their menstruation. Why so? This is the normal biological function of every female of every mammalian species. If talking ...
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Is there a particular way to accept Theertha given at temples?

When we go to temples, the purohit gives theertha which is the holy water to all the devotees. Is there a particular way to cup our hand to accept it? My grandpa believes there is a way where one must ...
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What happens to the Idols in Temples at end of Kalpa as Rudra destroys Bhuloka at end of Kalpa?

Please don't get offended and i'm just curious. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Sati self immolated in Swayamabhuva Manvanatara of Pitri Kalpa. She was born again as Parvathi Devi at beginning of ...
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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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Why do South indian temples build arch above Deity(Idols)

In South Indian Temples Like Lord Venketesnwara Temple ,Opiliappan Temple ,Ranganathaswamy Temple ,Ramnathswamy Temple. There is arch above the main Deity Idol/Linga.This feature is absent in all ...
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Is it necessary to wash our feet after Navagraha Pradakshina?

There is a belief among some people that we have to wash our feet or take bath after visiting Saneeswara Temple or circumambulating Navagraha idols. I read that one should wash their feet after ...
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What is Brihadishwara Temple?

I have heard from my teacher that there is a big temple of Lord Shiva named "Brihadishwara Temple" which is located in Tanjore which is in Tamil Nadu. Who built this temple and what is its importance?
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Any evidence of Ram Temple in Ayodhya being destroyed before Babri Masjid? [duplicate]

I am looking for clarity on the case, argument or evidence of destruction (non-existence) of the Ram temple in Ayodhya before the Babri Masjid. That is, is there any source that talks about the ...
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Black Magic/Kala Jadu/ Pilli Soonyam are real?

As I know, due to jealousy, or some base cause, the Tantriks use cheap tactics to overcome the adversaries, which can ruins one's life . Also I heard that if someone is affected by Black Magic then ...
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Legend behind origin of Vayu Lingam in Srikalahasti and its meaning

There are many legends behind Srikalahasti temple, which is one of the Panchaboota Kshetras. But none of these legends explain origin of Vayu Lingam which is believed to be "Swayambhu" (self-...
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How Sri Raghavendra Swami's Vrindabana was built?

All, I am a devotee of Guru Raghavendra Swami, as most of you're aware of his moola brindavana is located in Mantralayam, Andhra Pradesh. My query is how the brindavana is built up actually? Like ...
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Curse on Tanjore big temple

Is there any curse on Tanjore big temple by sage karuvuraar and that's the reason politicians doesn't enter the temple through main entrance?
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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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Why are women not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple?

What is the story/concept behind denial of fertile women (aged between 12 and 50) from entering the Sabarimala temple? Isn't this a discrimination against women? Is it a sin to allow women into the ...
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What scriptures describe Narasimha turning into a mountain after killing Hiranyakashipu?

The most famous tenple for Vishnu's man-lion incarnation Narasimha, whom I discuss here, is Ahobilam, the place in Andhra Pradesh where Narasimha killed the demon Hiranyakashipu. But there's another ...
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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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What scriptures describe Shani as having six eyes?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the places I visited was my dad's native village of Kuchanoor. It's the site of the famous Kuchanoor Shanishwaran temple, one of the few temples in ...
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What scriptures mention the location of Kartikeya's marriage to Devasena?

As I discuss in this answer, Shiva's son Kartikeya, AKA Skanda or Muruga, has two wives, Valli and Devasena. Now I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the places I visited was the ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu freeing the Bhutas from the curse of Shiva?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the places I visited was Sri Perumbudur. As I discuss here, it is the birthplace of the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya. But my question ...
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Why did Thirumazhisai Alwar never sing about the Thirumazhisai Jagannath temple?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the temples I visited was the Madhya Jagannatha Vishnu temple in Thirumazhisai. Most people only know about the Jagannatha temple in Puri (which I ...
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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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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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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 scriptures describe Vishnu marrying a rebirth of the golden Sita statue?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to my Mom's Kula Devata, the Veeraraghava Perumal Vishnu Temple in Thiruvallore. Many things have happened in this location over the ages, including ...
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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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What does monkey and eagle/pigeon signify here?

I recently went for a Kerala trip and saw this lamp: So does these sculptures on the lamp mean something? Do they signify something? Also this is my first question, so apologies if question is not ...
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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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Why does some devotees clap at Lord Chandikeshwara?

Who is Lord Chandikeswara in Lord Shiva's temples? Whats the purpose behind clapping in front of him?
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Was there a Rama Temple in Ayodhya?

Was there any Rama temple in Ayodhya? Also, was Ayodhya mentioned as a pilgrimage site in any of the Puranas?
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Significance of Palliyarai Pooja

I have been to Shiva Temples and attended the Palliyarai Pooja. Recently, in Tiruchendur Murugan Temple also, i attended. What is the significance of Palliyarai Pooja?
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Are Vaikhanasa Agamas supposed to be followed in Swayambhu Vishnu temples?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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Is Lord Shiva dark in complexion?

We know that the complexion of Lord Vishnu / Krishna is dark (shyam varna) but what is the complexion of Lord Shiva, dark or white?
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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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Do those who worship at Agastya's lake become devotees of Kartikeya?

In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, the sage Pulastya, mind-born son of Brahma and the grandfather of Ravana, tells Bhishma about a variety of Tirthas or sacred places. In ...
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What is the significance of Chakra of Konark Sun Temple?

I read about Konark Sun Temple and it makes me proud that about 750 years ago Hindu sages could calculate the accurate time in day and night as well, as they know the weather changes by looking the ...
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Can we offer prayer at a different location than the original place where we intended to?

I have prayed to offer pooja at Kukke Subrayamaniya temple (Karnataka) but due to some reason I could not go there and offer my prayers. I want to know if I can offer the same prayer at Katte ...
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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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What is the concept or History behind Shakti Ganapati?

Shakti Ganapati is a concept wherein Ganesha is accompanied along with Shakti. There are some modern temples especially in Southern India, which attribute Shakti as wife of Ganapati. Even, the ...