The window in Udupi is called "Kanakana kindi" or Kanaka's window. There are many legends as to how this exactly happened.
In one of the more famous accounts, the story goes as follows. Kanakadasa, an ardent devotee of Sri Krishna, was refused entry to the Udupi Krishna temple as he was from lower class. Saddened by this, Kanakadasa camped behind the ...
Image worship is based on the principle of love.
Master (to the teacher): “What is wrong with image worship? The
Vedanta says that Brahman manifests Itself where there is ‘Existence,
Light, and Love’. Therefore nothing exists but Brahman.”
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, With the Devotees at Dakshineswar (II)
The manifestation is withdrawn when the ...
For the question in the title there can not be any answer because as far as I know, the Vedas don't talk about temples.
So, I am answering the following question:
As per Parashara smirti, Shudras were considered less pure to perform
some auspicious activities.
Is there any vedic statement which supports this claim?
Yes, we have some statement ...
A temple is among few such places that does not have any owner. This is according to Usana Smriti.
So, Mr Swami is right with what he said.
Forests, mountains, sacred shrines, sacrificial places,
all these are described as having no owners. No one has any right of possession over them. (16)
Usana Smriti (or Samhita); Chapter 5; Verse 16
Yes, the Tulsi Doha Shataka of Goswami Tulsidas, written in the sixteenth century, describes explicitly the demolition of the Rama Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya and mentions the perpetrators behind it.
The following are relevant extracts from the text describing the demolition:
मंत्र उपनिषद ब्राह्मनहुँ बहु पुरान इतिहास ।
जवन जराये रोष भरि करि तुलसी ...
The other answer has already elaborated on the very well known story of Kameshwara and Kamadahana. A very short and precise summary is that Kameshwar Dham, Ballia is said to be the place where Kama was burnt by Lord Shiva by opening his third eye. Kama was sent by Brahma and the other devas in order to disturb Shiva's penance, so that Shiva can bear a child, ...
Temple and idol worship appears to be a post-Vedic development according to several scholars.
Swami Harshananda (Ramakrishna Math) says the following in All About Hindu Temples:
A Brief History of Hindu Temples
How and when the first temple took its birth is anybody's guess. Temples do not seem to have existed during the Vedic age. The practice of preparing ...
The sculptures of deities, consecrating them, performing pooja, are detailed in Agama Shastra. These were mostly codified in Tamil, Telugu, Grantha and Sanskrit scripts. The three main ones are Kamikagama, Vaikhanasagama and Padmasamhita. Shaiva, Shakti and Vaishnava are the three main branches in agama shastra. The Vaishnavite branch has two major ...
I presume you are asking about Vishnu (or Vaishnavite) idols co-existing with Lord Shiva idols.
There are two divya desams located within shiva temple.
Lord Govindaraja Perumal is within the famous Chidambaram temple.
The other divya desam located within a Lord Shiva temple is Nilathingal Thundam Perumal. In the former temple, the worship is carried out by ...
Skanda Purana states:
Aasya madhya sthitha veda devadevasya bhasura? aksharam
tu dautam jihvayam tu Sivajnana
Vedas are the middle of the mouth, agamas are the tongue and the aksharas are the teeth of Lord Siva.
Every agama contains four parts: Kriya Pada (rituals, offerings, prana prasthita, etc.), Karya Pada (when/where bath should be taken, how to ...
The general scriptural rule is that as long as one is not aware of an impurity he is unaffected by that impurity.
You were not aware of the Sutak impurity at all at the time you visited the temple and hence you were yet to be affected by it. Once you receive the news of the death the impurity starts affecting you.
32 These six means of purification are ...
A Pyramid will have 5 faces.
The Vedic literature contains many hymns, describing spiritual aspects, in esoteric fashion. So if we consider those esoteric mentions, we can infer that a Pyramid is a an symbolic representation of panchabhutas or 5 elements.
Agni - Fire
Vayu/Indra - Air
Varuna - water
Earth - Aditi
Space/Heaven - Tvastr
Earth and ...
As to the story goes, Pandavas were performing 'Rajsuya Yagya' to strengthen their kingdom. Thus, Yudhisthir sent Bheem to Gorakhnath to invite him.
But Gorakhnath was in samadhi at that time so Bheem had to wait. Meanwhile, Bheem laid down on the floor and fell asleep and when he woke up a pit was formed in the ground because of his body weight.
So, a ...
Let us start with the actual Ashtakshara Swayamvyakta temples which Sri Ramanujacharya listed:
Srirangam venkatadrischa srimushnam totaparvatam
salagramam pushkaramcha naranarayanashramam
naimisham cheti me sthananyasou mukthi pradhanivai
yetusvashtaksharaikaka: varnamurthir vasamyaham
tishtami krishna kshetre punya sapthakogatha
N. Ramesan in The Tirumala Temple explains the idea behind those erotic scenes depicted in temple art:
These are erotic scenes shown in the sculptures in the Pratima
mandapa. Such scenes are not unknown in temples. The shāstras lay down
that Kāma is one of the purushārthas of life and the Vishnudharmottara
which is a standard ...
Actually Karni Mata was charan, she was an avatar of Maa hinglaj, Maa hinglaj is kuldevi of charan where Karni Maa had taken birth.
Since I am a son Maa Karni I think I am a eligible to answer it.
It was long story where Karni Mata sister son lakhan died in river kola Yat, all the family members request Maa to revive their son, Maa has taken son into ...