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Famous Hindu Temples
Hindu temples are often colourfully decorated.

Famous Hindu Temples

A Temple is the central element in all aspects of everyday life for the Hindu community. To a Hindu, the temple is significant, not only for its religious elements, but also for the elements of culture, society and education that it brings to the community.

Temples are an integral part in the life of any Hindu, whether he or she lives in Northern India, Southern India or even as far away as the United States. Hindu temples have been being built in India for thousands of years, and as is the case with any structure with such far-reaching boundaries of time and location, structural differences will exist between the temples of different areas.

The temple is an integral and essential part of the daily life of a Hindu and not merely a pretty building to look at and admire. To a Hindu the temple is the centre of the intellectual, artistic, spiritual, educational and social elements of their being. According to the scholar Anthony Batchelor, the temple "is a place where God may be approached and where divine knowledge can be discovered". For this reason, the "temple is designed to dissolve the boundaries between man and the divine. Not merely his abode, the temple 'is' God. God, and therefore by implication, the whole universe, is identified with the temple's design and actual fabric".

The Hindu temple is a link between man and God, between man and divinity. This link between social and spiritual can be seen in the architecture of the temples which tries to link human beings to the divine. When building a Hindu temple, nothing is done arbitrarily or by chance.

One of the holiest Hindu temples is the Kashi Vishwanath temple. To which god is this temple dedicated?
Kashi is a holy city which has a temple for each of the 33 core gods and goddesses, except for Lord Braha. Kashi is most famous for its temple devoted to Shiva
One of the most important temples in Southern India is the Meenakshi Sundareshwar temple. In which city is this located?
The Meenakshi Temple of Madurai, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is one of the most famous temples in the whole of India
Who is the presiding deity of the temple at Tirupathi?
Venkateshwara (also known as Veṅkaṭâ, Bâlâji, Veṅkaṭâcalapati and Úrinivasâ) is one of the forms of Vishnu
ISKCON, one of the famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, has an International presence. Who is the founder of ISKCON?
Raghavendra Swamy
Sai Baba
Prabhupada, a devout disciple of Lord Krishna, understood the importance of the Krishna Consciousness among men and so founded ISKCON - the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
The largest temple in Nepal is dedicated to Lord Shiva. What is its name?
Shiva is said to have dwelt at the site of the temple in the form of a deer. Because of this it is named Pashupatinath - Shiva's title 'Lord of all Animals'
In Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is said to reside in Mount Kailasa. Every year, many Indians go on an arduous trek to Lake Manasasarovar near Mount Kailash. This religious place is in which country?
Sri Lanka
The river Brahmaputra originates from Lake Manasarovar and flows through the north-eastern part of India and then through Bangladesh before merging into the Bay of Bengal
One of the holiest of Hindu temples was established by the saint Shankara. In which city is it?
Sringeri is a very famous city in the state of Karnataka. There Shankara founded, not only a temple, but also a monastery, the Sringeri Sharada Peetha
One of the famous temples in Mumbai is the Siddhi Vinayak temple. Who is the presiding deity of this temple?
One of the titles of Ganesha is 'Siddhi Vinayak' - the god who fulfils wishes
One of the famous temples in Northern India is Amarnath, which is yet another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. What is special about the idol in this temple?
The idol is an ice stalagmite
The idol is made from pure gold
The idol is a mummified cow
The idol is made from pure silver
This is the most unique idol in the whole world. Every year the idol is automatically formed at a certain time and then, after a few months, naturally melts away. The form has been the same since time immemorial
Yagnapurush Kund is India's largest step-well, where visitors can watch a show of fountains, music and lights each night. The well is in which temple?
Angkor Vat
Akshardham, in the state of Delhi, is one of the most famous temples in the world. It was opened in 2005 and is popular amongst tourists as well as residents of the city


Author:  Siddarth Bhattacharjee

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