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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 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 ...
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How do Hindus justify depositing money in a Temple Hundi or giving money during Aarthi?

In almost all Hindu temples there is a Hundi (money pot) where people deposit money or offer it to God during an aarthi. Are they giving money to God? If yes, why? God creates everything, why would He ...
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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?
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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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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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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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Where are the temples for Lord Ganesha along with his wives?

In this post, Who were the wives of Lord Ganesha?, I know that Lord Ganesha is married. Are there any specific temple for Lord Ganesha along with his wives?
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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 are non-Hindus not allowed inside temples?

Many Hindu temples have a board which says 'only Hindus allowed beyond this point.' What is the reason for this? Was there a historical event which led to this kind of rule in Hindu temples? ...
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Ateshgah of Baku, Azerbaijan - A Shakthi Peetha in Central Asia?

It has been established that Ateshgah temple in Baku, Azerbaijan is indeed a Hindu temple and not a Zoroastrian temple with discovery of Sanskrit inscriptions praising Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha as ...
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Why can't we walk full clockwise in shiva temple?

While on Shiva Temple, we does not walk full clockwise around the temple, why? What is the reason behind it?
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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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The story behind Pashupatinath temple in Nepal

Long ago I have heard the story about Pashupatinath temple located in nepal, it was related to Mahabharata, when the Pandavas were on their way to Heaven, they wanted to find lord Shiva and lord shiva ...
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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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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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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's Ranganatha statue?

As I discuss in this answer, the oldest Vishnu statue in the world, and probably the oldest Hindu statue in the world, is the famous Ranganatha statue in Sri Rangam. The story of Ranganatha goes ...
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Why is Panguni Revati considered the “birthday” of Vishnu's Ranganatha form?

As I discuss in this answer, the oldest Vishnu statue in the world, and probably the oldest Hindu statue in the world period, is the famous Ranganatha statue in Sri Rangam. The story of Ranganatha ...
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Why does Periyalwar say that Krishna was born in Thirukottiyur rather than Mathura?

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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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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Do we have any details about the oldest idol of any Hindu God found anywhere in the world?

What is the oldest idol of any Hindu God being found anywhere in the world? If possible provide some details about how much old it was. How did it look like? And what material was it made of? Please ...
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Why does only Uppiliappan have “Mam Ekam Saranam Vraja” written on his hand?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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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 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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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's “subservience” to Lakshmi in the Nachiyar Koil temple?

In most Vishnu temples, the statue of Vishnu is in the center of the shrine, with his wife Lakshmi (and sometimes his wife Bhumidevi) at his side. But I recently went to a famous Vishnu temple near ...
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Where is the story of Upilliappan in the Brahmanda Purana?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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Who did Vishnu appear before in Thiruvahindrapuram, Bhumidevi or Bhumadevi?

I'm currently visiting India, and I went to the town of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. It contains a place called Thiruvahindram, one of the 108 Divya Desams. As I discuss in this question, the Alwars (...
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What is the story of Vishnu appearing to sage Markandeya in Thiruvidanthai?

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 Alwars are crucially important figures in ...
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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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Who is the sage Pundarika who saw Vishnu coming out of a Shiva Linga?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just passed by a Vishnu temple in the town of Thiruparkadal in Tamil Nadu. Thiruparkadal is Tamil for "ocean of milk" (Kshirsagara in Sanskrit), referring to the ...
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Navagraham in Vishnu temples

In many Vishnu or Vaishnavism temples, the Navagraham deities are not installed. You may find them in some temples, but in at least 70% of Vishnu temples, you would not. Is there a specific reason ...
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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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