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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 there any temple where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a pillar without pedestal?

As mentioned in What does linga literally mean in Shiva Linga? post, The pedestal shaped as the vagina and the phallus fixed therein are symbolical of the eternal creative forces personified as ...
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Please identify temple in this photo [closed]

I wish to paint following in future. What temple is this? Where is it located? Here is the webpage I found it, https://www.aryagezi.com/gezi/204/tum-renkleri-ile-nepal-ve-hindistan
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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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Is it forbidden to unintentionally enter temples during Sutak?

There was a death in my family (my grandmother's brother), which I was unaware of, when visiting a nearby temple. I am aware that we should not be visiting temples during the after death rituals, ...
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Whats the basic reason behind placement of these deities?

What is the basic reason behind placement of deities in the three layers in the Dakshineswar Adyapith temple? Please cite proper source.
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Difference between old and new temple of Yadagiri gutta

I recently visited Yadagiri gutta sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple with my parents and siblings. While going back I came to know that we don't visit the old temple. I did search on the wiki about ...
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Unknowingly Did Full Pradakshina in Vetakkorumakan Temple

I'm wearing mala and in 41 day vratha to go to shabarimala.I visited a Shiva temple where the deity is in Kirathamoorthy form/Vetakkorumakan. There was no rope/block to prevent full Pradakshina.So ...
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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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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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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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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 does a home mandir sit on?

Please allow me to preface the question because, as a foreigner who did not grow up with Sanatana Dharma, my practice probably differs from yours. All of my life when traveling statues, stones, a ...
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What is the punishment in hell for destroying the statues of gods in temples? [duplicate]

What is the punishment in hell for destroying the statues of gods in temples? In Sri Vaishnavism, Brahman makes himself accessible to humans in 5 forms: Para, Vyuha, Vibhava, Archa, and Antaryami. ...
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Are persons from lower castes allowed inside temples according to agama shastras?

In the pre partitioned era some temples placed ban on lower castes entering temples. Is there any basis for this prohibition in the agama shastras?
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Why does Lord Vishnu also wear Yajnopaveeta in temples?

Yajnopaveeta should be worn for doing vedic rituals. Why is it that Lord Vishnu is also adorned with yajnopaveeta in temples?
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Vedic Temples on Earth's Magnetic Lines [closed]

Is there any mention of Vedic temples being built on Earths magnetic lines? Longitude 79 meridian EAST seems to have very long list of Ancient Indian Temples built on this specific longitude: ...
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When and how did the system of adimai kaavu begin in ancient Kerala?

In Kerala (and many families which trace their ancestry to Kerala), every family identified itself with a 'Kaavu' (not exactly translated as temple) that may or may not be in their ancestral village. ...
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How to worship in temples? Please explain in context of human body as temple

We know temples are a representation of human body. Please explain how one must approach each part of temple and worship it for ones progress. For eg one prostrates at the flagpost of temple because ...
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Visiting other temples after visiting Sri Kalahasti Temple

Is it true that you are not supposed to visit other temples after visiting Sri Kalahasti Temple in India?
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Is it possible for the power of the deity in a temple to get diminished for whatever reason? [duplicate]

Can it get diminished for whatever reason?
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What are the benefits of visiting temples? [duplicate]

What are the benefits, either spiritual or material, mental or physical? EDIT: This is a more specific question asking specifically about the benefits.
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Are there any curse associated with Padmanabhaswamy temple & Sabrimala of Kerala, India?

Padmanabhaswamy kshetra and Sabrimala area are 2 of the most sacred places in the state of Kerala, India. In recent years, there have been certain controversies associated with them, where the ...
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Do shastras sanction displaying idols of Hindu Gods as landscaping?

This Tripadvisor link shows idols of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati used as landscaping at a Swaminarayan Temple. (This photo of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Bhuj is courtesy of TripAdvisor) A ...
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Is there any mention in the scriptures that every God has to have a temple of his/her own?

Is there any mention in the scriptures that every God has to have a temple of his/her own? I'm asking this because the number of temples have increased by a very large number in the past few years.
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Was one of Uyyakondar's shishyas a relative of Nathamuni?

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 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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Why to ring bell while entering temples? [duplicate]

When I entered a temple, I saw people ringing the bell, and also Hindus keep small bells in their houses, which they ring during worship. What is reason behind it, and also notice about "dhup" ?
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is temple in dwarka still visible [duplicate]

People say that there once existed a "Dwarka Nagri" that Sri Krishna had made Is temple in Dwarka still visible? Are any remains visible under water? What is the proof that there once existed a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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At Hindu temples outside India, do people have to go barefoot outside on the grounds?

At Hindu temples in places that get really cold (e.g. New York City or London), do people have to go barefoot outside on the temple grounds? I know many temples in the United States are all indoors. ...
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Why are kumbhabhishekams of temples performed?

Basically it is pouring consecrated waters over a temple to energize a new temple or re-energize an existing shrine. (1) which scripture lays out the procedures for kumbhabhishekam? (2) these days, ...
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Do any temples allow donations via e-Hundis? [closed]

People like to go cashless nowadays, so, do any temples have e-Hundis to accept donations either through card or Paytm (a payment gateway) in temples? Is it permitted in our scriptures? Have any ...
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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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Visiting Tirtha Kshetras during Asaucha

My father attained Parama-Padam (SriVaikuntam) in January this year and we were told not to visit any Tirtha Kshetras for one year. But, we are very keen to visit Tirtha Kshetras and we are in a ...
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Why do we not find any image of Durga/Kali/Shakti image in renowned Sri Vishnu/Krishna temples?

All the temples of Maa Kali/Durga/Shakti I visited have some idol of Sri Krishna/Vishnu being worshipped in the same temple complex. But excepting the Puri Sri Sri Jagannath Temple, I never found any ...
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Is nagas in temple related to Kundalini?

Does naga in temples represent kundalini? If yes how can it be used for ones spiritual enhancenent? What are the mantras one can use to worship it?
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Why is Sadari placed on the palms of Vishwa Brahmins? [duplicate]

Sadari in temple is placed on the head for the people and my question is why the sadari is placed only on the palms for Vishwa brahmins? So please give me a clarification about both the differences.
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South Indian Vaishnava temple tradition of blessing with a conical cap (kirita) [duplicate]

While having "darshanam" in South Indian Vaishnav temples, the priest keeps a conical cap (kirita) on devotee's head. What might be the significance of this tradition?
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Did Lingodbhava incident take place twice in this Kalpa?

In Thirukandiyur near Thanjavur district, there is a temple for Brahma dev by the name Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar temple. It is believed that lingodbhava incident of where Shiva appearing in linga form ...
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Temple rules and regulations [duplicate]

This is my common observation. In all the temples one finds a notice Photography inside temple is not allowed. In other words, photography of the temple or deity is prohibited. I fail to ...
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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 could be preventing Krishna to advance to the Middle West states? [closed]

The below map comes from this webpage and shows North American ISKCON temples, centers, gatherings, and home programs. I was wondering what could be the reasons why there are no centres for Krishna, ...

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