Category: Religion

May 17th, 2016 by Srinivas Krishnaswamy

Temples of India

Temples of India – One of the greatest gifts for mankind!

Since time immemorial, India has been the cradle of religions, art, architecture, and spiritualism. The temples of India serve as a great social leveler. Irrespective of our background, wealth, education or even social status, we are all subservient to the almighty when we go to a temple. Most of us many not really appreciate the significance of why we go to a temple and are oblivious to the history and the significance of temples.

We decided to open your eyes to the beauty and the spiritualism that radiates from the temples of India and have lined up 21 amazing picture posts from Tumblr that will amaze you.

That’s not all, we have also lined up amazing facts about the temples of India to bring you up to speed on what you should have known all along!

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Did You Know? Often even the names of the temple towns have a story behind them. For example, there are stories about why Naimisaranya got its name. Nemi in Sanskrit means a circle. It is said that when celestial beings asked Brahma where they should do penance, Brahma flung his ring, and told them that they should do penance in the place where the ring fell. It fell in the place we now know a Naimisaranya.

 

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Did You Know? Mathura is the place where Ambarisha and Dhruva did penance. It used to be originally known as Madhu Vvanam.

 

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Did You Know? More than 300,000,000 volunteer hours went into building the Akshardham temple complex in Delhi. Over 8,000 volunteers from across the world participated in building it.

 

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Did You Know? At the Puri Jagannath temple, the image of Lord  Jagannath is made of wood. Every twelve or nineteen years these wooden figures are ceremoniously replaced by using sacred trees, that have to be carved as an exact replica. The reason behind this ceremonial tradition is the highly secret Navakalevara (‘New Body’ or ‘New Embodiment’) ceremony, an intricate set of rituals that accompany the renewal of the wooden statues.

 

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Did You Know? The site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times on account of being a triveni sangam (the joining of three rivers — Kapila, Hiran and the mythical Sarasvati River).

 

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Did you know? The most important part  of a temple, its very heart as it were, is the garbhagrha or  the sanctum sanctorum, the cave-like cube-shaped “womb room,” located within the Brahmasthana of the Vastu Purusha Mandala, directly above the gold box, placed earlier in the earth during the garbhadhana ceremony. Here on the altar, the deity in the Dhruva Bheru (immovable) form is installed.

 

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Did You Know? The Konark temple complex is in the shape of a gigantic chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars, and walls. This is a unique design among all the temples of India.

 

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Did You Know? Meenakshi temple has twelve impressive Gopuras over the three tier Prakara walls. The outer four towers are nine -storied with heights ranging from 161 feet to 170 feet.

 

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Did You Know? The original Venugopala Swamy temple had to be abandoned because of the construction of the KRS dam. However, the idol of Lord Krishna was moved to the new temple premises.

 

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Did You Know? In 1578 CE Guru Ram Das excavated a tank, which subsequently became known as Amritsar (Pool of the Nectar of Immortality), giving its name to the city that grew around it. In due course, the Harmandir Sahib, was built in the middle of this tank and became the supreme centre of Sikhism.

 

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Did You Know? The Kedarnath temple is over a thousand years old and is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps.

 

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Did you know? With the increasing threat from invading armies, the temple cities found it expedient to erect a series of protective walls to safeguard and defend their temples, palaces, and cities. The Gopuras constructed on the gateways leading from one enclosure to the next, initially, served as watch towers for defense!

 

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Did You Know? The main entrance of the Ranganathaswamy temple of Srirangam, known as theRajagopuram (the royal temple tower), rises from the base area of around 13 cents (around 5720 sq ft) and goes up to 237 feet (72 m), moving up in eleven progressively smaller tiers.

 

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Did You Know? The Krishna Matha was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharya in the 13th century. He was the founder of the Dvaita school of Vedanta. It is believed that Madhwacharya found the murti of SriKrishna in a large ball of gopichandana.

 

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Did You Know? It believed that the Virupaksha temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD.That makes this one of the oldest functioning temples in India.

 

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Did You Know? The Thanumalayan Temple is of importance to both Shaivaite and Vaishnavite

 

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Did You Know? The Lakshmana temple is one of the.three largest temples of Khajuraho and the Western Group and is considered to have been built the earliest (c. AD 954) by the Chandella rulers.

 

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Did You Know? Most of these monuments at Mahabalipuram are monolithic, i.e. carved out of one single rock!

 

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Did You Know? The architectural style of Kerala temples has an inherent simplicity. Because Kerala is rich in forest cover, wood is a key building material in temples across Kerala.

 

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Did You Know? The Sabarimala temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 468 m (1535 ft) above mean sea level and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests.

 

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Did You Know?Trimbakeshwar temple has one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra.

 

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Did you Know? Six hundred skilled craftsmen spent more than 10 million man-hours to construct the ISKCON Krishna temple in Bangalore. 32,000 cubic meters of stone, 131,250 tons of cement and 1,900 tons of steel were used in the construction.

 

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Did You Know? The Mahabodhi Temple is located in Bodh Gaya of Bihar and is regarded as one the most important and sacred among the buddhist temples of India. This is the place where Siddhartha Gautama had attained enlightenment while sitting under the Bodhi tree.

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