An Historical Insight into the Hindu Temples

Discussion in 'History' started by garry420, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    If we believe what history depicts about the Hindu Temples, it is said that the oldest of them were built with brick and wood and not stone. It was in fact much later that stone was preferred instead of brick and wood to build the Hindu Temples in and around India. We say in and around India because, the India that we know now has been carved around its edges and the native India around which a lot of temples were built included Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and many others, where you will find the roots of Hinduism spreading its knowledge and culture, and so did you find a lot many temples built in and around India.

    If you read the scriptures, you will know that each Hindu temple is built with the base of three major characteristics namely Yoga, Astrology and Sacred Geography. In the ancient temple structures there is a lot of depiction on the Chakras on which Yoga is based, and based on the proportions similar to those originating from the position of the stars. Also one more characteristic feature that you will find prominent in and around all the temples, especially when it comes to the ancient ones are the tanks that are built around them. They are known with various names such as Kalyani, Pushkarini, Kunda, Sarovaraetc and were built for the deities to purify themselves by taking bath before they could offer their prayers in these Hindu Temples.

    One more feature that is found in all the Hindu Temples around in and around India are their altars, while there are elaborate altars which are found in the temples, as smaller version of the same could be found in almost all the Hindu homes where the Hindus offer their prayers.. In fact you did be surprised to know that during older days, generally temples were built on the hill tops, or caves or on the riverbanks, and this was done due to a special reason, and that was that during the times of the natural disasters, it was the temple which used to provide shelter to the people.

    Though there are differences between the Hindu temples built all over the places, but there are few features of these Hindu Temples which still remain common, and they are as follows:

    · The Tower also known as the Steeple and the Dome of the temple: This is one feature which you will find in all the Hindu temples. The tower which is positioned at the tip of the Dome is known as the Shikhara. Where on one hand the size, structure and architecture of the Dome varies depending on the region it is built in, but it is the Steeple which is the common factor and is a formation of the trident of Lord Shiva. The shikhara represents ‘Meru’ which depicts the highest point of the mountain peak.

    · The Chamber Inside: This is known as the ‘Garbhagriha’ or also as the ‘Womb Chamber’ of the temple and the auspicious place where the idol of the deity is placed. This idol is known as the ‘Murti’ of the temple. There are restrictions that are followed in most of the temples, where it is only the priests who are allowed to enter the inside chamber, and the people who wish to take the blessings would stand outside the chamber and offer their prayers.

    · The Temple Hall: If you are entering a large square footed temple then you can usually see these halls, which are built to accommodate the devotees. This place is also known as the ‘NataMandira’, which was the place where the temple dancers known as the ‘Devadasis’ used to perform dances during the ancient times.
  2. iandkrsna

    iandkrsna New Member

    Mayavadis and atheists accept the forms of the Deities in the hindu temple of the Lord as idols, but devotees do not worship idols. They directly worship the Personality of Godhead in His arca incarnation. Arca refers to the form we can worship in our present condition. Although Krsna is beyond our vision, He has agreed to be seen by us through the arca-vigraha, the Deity. We should not think that the Deity is made of stone. Even if it is stone, we should think that Kṛṣṇa has made Himself visible before us like a stone because we cannot see beyond stone.


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