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Are there any temples for Matsya, Kurma, and Varaha avatars?

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 ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

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 ...
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Why are temples devoted to Brahma so rare?

"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, ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

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 ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

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 ...
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

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 ...
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

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 ...
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Is Lord Shiva dark in complexion?

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 ...
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Was there a Rama Temple in Ayodhya?

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 ...
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Why are the deity and devotee called by the same name 'Swami Ayyappa' in Sabarimala?

You can see a quote which is showing in front of temple , "tatwamasi" . This simply means that "It's you". The concept of adwaitha (non-duality) shows here. By saying the same name "Ayyappa" together, ...
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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

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 ...
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What is the difference between a Shiva temple and a Jyotirlinga?

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 ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about Hindu temples?

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 ...
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Why do Hindu temples have Bells?

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 ...
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Can women be priestesses?

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 ...
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What is the significance of Satagopuram?

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 ...
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Black Magic/Kala Jadu/ Pilli Soonyam are real?

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 ...
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Why are women advised to tie their hair in temples?

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. ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

As per the advice that most Gurus give, it's not beneficial to worship multiple deities for any particular individual. One must only worship his/her Ishta Devata and stick with it's worship only (...
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Why are female counterparts in South Indian temples placed on the right?

If the temple is depicting the specific scenario of the deities during marriage then it's correct that the female deity is placed to the right of the male deity. Because we have from the Atri Smriti: ...
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Can a god have an Avatar of an Avatar?

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 ...
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Is there any temple where deities are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara?

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 ...
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Why are many South Indian temple's walls painted in white and red stripes?

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 ...
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Did Jesus visit Jagannath Temple of Puri?

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

Some of the oldest have been found at three archaeological sites called Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa, and Chanhu-Daro (about 2-3,000 B.C.). Items found are mostly of stone, a little of metal. Anything made ...
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Do we have any details about the oldest idol of any Hindu God found anywhere in the world?

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 ...
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What is the story of Kasi Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga?

The Greatness of Kasi (Varanasi) and Kasi Vishwanatha Temple are described in many Puranas. Kasi is known as Avimukta Kshetra. Chapter 22 of Kotirudra Samhita of Shiva Purana describes the origin of ...
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Is it more helpful in any way to worship multiple deities?

The purpose of worshiping multiple Gods is because of multiple desires fulfillment. For example worship of Indra is done in order to please him for rain. Worship of Kuber is done for the wealth etc. ...
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Is there a temple in India where devotees get rid of the "evil" in their selves by uttering abusive words before a deity?

Yes. Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple located in Kerala is one such temple. It is dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali, who was born from third eye of Lord Shiva and had slain the asura Darika They have a ...
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