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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 defence!
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.
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 tonnes of cement and 1,900 tonnes of steel were used in the construction.
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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