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Yes, there are temples for all three. Matsya Most temples to Matsya are in South India. First of all, there is the Vedanarayana Swami Temple in Nagalapuram, a village in Andhra Pradesh. Matsya is called Vedanarayana because he rescued the Vedas after the demon Hayagrivasura stole them from Brahma. You can see Matsya on the exterior of the temple (taken ...


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Temples are holy places. Footwears have dirt on them which could make the temple floor dirty. Hence, as a respect towards God's place, people leave their footwear outside. Even people should be clean when entering a temple; for example, in some places, people gargle with water if they have eaten something a few hours before visiting the temple. Also, this ...


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"I am of course familiar with the standard mythological justification." The story you mention isn't actually the standard justification for why Brahma isn't worshiped. But since you were wondering, the justification you give is from the Vidyeshwara Samhita of the Shiva Purana. In this account, Brahma and Vishnu argue about who is superior until this argument ...


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I am giving an additional account. The linga form of worship is the symbolic worship of Lord Shiva. As per Puranas like Brahmanda purana, Linga Purana, in the very beginning Shiva appeared to Brahma and Vishnu in the form of a bright splendor column of light whose beginning and end they both could not find out. So the linga form of Shiva also signifies the ...


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First of all the real name is not Shiva Linga, The real name is Jyotirlingam. It is a form of Jyoti. Jyoti is a fire, whose shape is exactly the shape of lingam. Question is why lingam for only shiva? "Shiva appeared in jyotirlingam form to solve dispute of Brahma and Vishnu" so for shiva, jyotirlingam is not full truth. We need to put focus more on ...


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Yes, there are a few. Temples of historical significance The very famous Prambanan temple at Java, Indonesia. This very old temple (and UNESCO world heritage site) from 9th century is dedicated to the trimurti. There are three temples, one for each Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, there. Also, there are separate temples for their vahanas as well. The main ...


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There is one temple of Trimurties i.e. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, in Uthamarkoil, a village in the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The temple is called Uthamar Kovil  The temple is one of the few historical temples in India where the Hindu trimurti, Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma are housed in the same ...


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What is a Shiva Temple? Shiva Temples are specially designed places of worship where the presiding deity is Lord Shiva in the form of a Linga. What is a Linga? Linga is an aniconic representation of Lord Shiva, which is used for worship in temples. To know more about a Linga, you can refer this post What is a Jyotirlinga? Jyothirlingas are twelve 1 ...


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I would like so share some of the important points from the following link http://veda.wikidot.com/ayodhya, here. It provides both historical as well Archaelogical Evidences Puranas like the Brahmanda Purana consider Ayodhya as one of the six holiest cities in Hinduism. The story of this epic has been immortalized by Valmiki and immensely popularized by ...


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According to Padma Purana, Brahma saw the jhantu Vajranabha (Vajranash in another version) trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake or Jyeshta Pushkar (greatest or ...


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This question can be answered into two aspects: 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? 2) Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in Linga form ? 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? Among the 18 major Mahapuranas one of the Purana is named Linga Purana, thus glorifying the status of Linga. Linga is worshipped because Linga contains everything of this world. In ...


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It is believed that deities remain manifest in mandirs in which bells (ghanta) are rung. In Hindu mandirs, bells are usually hung in the area or porch preceding the inner sanctum. Devotees ring them as an invocation to the deity to listen to their prãrthnã and be blessed. There is an art and science of making bells to produce the requisite ...


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It's because the Sadagopuram, AKA Sadagopam or Sadari, is unique to Vishnu temples. 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, which was pivotal in the development of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). One of the most famous Alwars ...


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General perspective on temple worship: Deity worship was the main process in dvapara yuga. In kaliyuga the recommended process is chanting of the holy names of Lord Hari. You can see this for more information on this point. Do Hindu scriptures say that we should build temples? (Yes | No) Building temples is beneficial for our own self and for the society. ...


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Setting your hair loose is not suggested not only when you visit temples but also when you are at home. Setting your hair loose is an indication of sorrow, grief, inauspicious things poverty and sins. Draupadi devi in Mahabharata does not tie her hair after her insult from the Kauravas in the kurusabha. She vows that she would only tie a knot to her hair ...


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This excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Padma Purana recounts the story of how Shiva worship came to be restricted to the linga. A group of sages were once conducting a yagna (ritual) on the banks of the Saraswati river, when they started to wonder which god to dedicate the ritual to. So they sent sage Bhrigu (famous for his short temper) to test which ...


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To clarify some more things (rightly pointed out by Mr_Green), we CAN take footwear inside a temple. The footwear allowed inside a temple is called Khadau. It is purposely used by priests, and those who work inside the temple. A Khadau is essentially the old style footwear. It is made of wood. Modern day footwear are not considered holy as these are. We ...


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Shrinathji is not an incarnation (avatara) of Krishna, he's just Krishna himself. The Srinathji idol depicts Krishna as a child holding the Govardhana hill, which is why his hand is raised as you can see in the image below. Krishna didn't incarnate as some other individual to lift the hill, he lifted it himself. So it makes no sense to call Shrinathji an ...


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Before the Kali Yuga, idols were few and far between, because the Archa form of gods hadn't really been established yet. Still, there are many idols that date back to the periods of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. But there are other idols even older than those. Here are three contenders for the oldest idol: As I discuss in this answer, the Shiva Purana ...


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Lord Shiva's Complexion was described in Chapter Four (Cancula's Salvation) of Shiva Purana Mahatyam in Shiva Puranam. You can see that from here.(Page 18) She saw the three-eyed Mahadeva, the eternal, being served devotedly by Brahma,Vishnu and other gods. He had the brilliance of ten million suns and was reverently served by Ganesha, Bhrngi, ...


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Right from the Vedic times till this date, women are not prohibited from learning vedas. There have been many women purohits (priests who have expertise in rituals outside of temples) in the past and present. However we rarely encounter women pujaris (temple priests) because of the following physiological and sociological reasons: Puja should be done only ...


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Yeah Jesus did visited Jagannath Temple. The ancient text in the temple mentioned a foreigner to be a pupil of Hindu Gurus. What is to be noted here is that, In India his Hindu masters initiated Jesus into yoga and the highest spiritual life, giving him the spiritual name “Isha” (from 'Ishvar') which is a descriptive title often applied to Gods. Zohar (2:...


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Black magic is real and is mentioned in Vedas itself. Quoting from this page: Core of Atharva Veda The subject matter of the Samhitā of this Veda has no systematic division in the first twelve kāṇḍas. The last two again, deal with miscellaneous topics. However, there are eight topics that are covered: 1.Bhaisajya: diseases, their causes and ...


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I will try to answer the question what exactly Shiva Linga means. Hopefully this will answer your question as well. I am copy-pasting from a blog I wrote about Shiva Linga- Shiva Linga means “Shiva’s Symbol”. Here Shiva refers to Para-Brahman. Adi Shankara defines the word Shiva as “the very nature of Chit & Anand”. Hence, Shiva refers to Para-Brahman, ...


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Sri Kandadai Ramanujacharya says: They are painted likewise nowadays so that temples can be identified from a long distance & also to differentiate them from ordinary houses or buildings. But according to shastras, temples should be painted with seven colours. (Saptha-varna-aashrithah.) Lord likes color of Turmeric Powder (Yellow) most as Lord ...


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In a place called Sucheendram near Kanyakumari of India, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwara are in a single form called 'Sthanumalayan' and worshipped in that form. From Wiki: The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in a single form called Sthanumalyam. This 17th-century temple is famous for its architectural ...


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Everyone here has given the answers based on mythology. Mythological stories were a tool to mainly teach people to either avoid certain behaviour and / or to aspire and strive to improve one's self by adopting desirable traits. To the intelligent, it should thus be self-evident that they are not meant for literal interpretation. Brahman: The GOD (a very ...


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@KeshavSrinivasan has already given a fantastic answer on the origin of the practice, but I would like to address the purity aspect which you brought up. Everyone can in fact receive the Sadari, but there are differences in the way it is presented. Most people who arrive at the temple in everyday clothes will receive the Sadari placed once on their head (...


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