The temple is the focus for all aspects of everyday life in the Hindu community – religious, cultural, educational and social. The temple is also the place where one can transcend the world of man. Hindus believe that their lives are merely stages in the progression to ultimate enlightenment. The temple is a place where God may be approached and where divine knowledge can be discovered. All aspects of the Hindu temple focus on the goal of enlightenment and liberation – the principles of design and construction, the forms of its architecture and decoration, and the rituals performed. And all of these are determined by ancient texts called shastras compiled by the priests, the brahmins. The vastushastras were theoretical and idealised descriptions of the architectural traditions and conventions to be followed. 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 ground plan is perhaps the best example. The vastushastras describe it as a symbolic, miniature representation of the cosmos. It is based on a strict grid made up of squares and equilateral triangles which are imbued with deep religious significance. To the Indian priest-architect the square was an absolute and mystical form. The grid, usually of 64 or 81 squares, is in fact a mandala, a model of the cosmos, with each square belonging to a deity. The position of the squares is in accordance with the importance attached to each of the deities, with the square in the center representating the temple deity; the outer squares cover the gods of lower rank.

 Canada Temples Assam Temples
    • Hare Krishna Temple
    • Sri Thurkai Amman Kovil
    • Toronto Sri Durka Hindu Temple
    • Hindu Prarthana Samaj
    • Shantiniketan Vidya Mandir
    • Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre
    • More  ⇒
    • Hayagriva Madhava Temple
    • Kamakhya Temple
    • Navagraha Temple
    • Ugratara Temple
    • Umananda Temple
    • Da Parbatia Temple
    • More  ⇒

 

Andhra Pradesh Temples Bihar Temples
    • Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple
    • Sri KalaHasti Temple
    • Sri Shaila Temple
    • Ahobala Narasimha Temple
    • Maha Nandi Temple
    • Bhadrachalam Sri Ram Temple
    • More ⇒
    • Ajgaivinath Temple, Sultanganj,Bhagalpur
    • Vishnupad Temple, Gaya
    • Mangalagauri Temple, Gaya
    • Mahavir Temple, Patna
    • The Durga Temple
    • The Mandar Hill Temple
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Delhi Temples Goa Temples
    • Akshardham Temple
    • Bhairon Mandir or Sri Kilkari Bhairav Temple,
    • Gauri Shankar Temple
    • Hanuman Mandir
    • Birla Mandir or Lakshmi Narayan Temple,
    • Hanuman Mandir
    • More  ⇒
    • Aadhdeivait Shreekeshavdev, Ponda
    • Adimaya Sheshti Shantadurga temple, Dongri
    • Anant temple, Savoi Verem
    • Azoba temple, Kerim
    • Bhagvati Sapteshwar temple, Mandrem
    • Bhagvati temple, Parcem
    • More  ⇒

 

Gujarat Temples Himachal Pradesh Temples
    • Shri Datt Mandir, Bharuch
    • Shri Hanuman Mandir, Sarangpur
    • Akshardham, Gandhinagar
    • Ambaji
    • Atmajyoti Ashram
    • Ambaji Mandir, Giyod Gandhinagar
    • More  ⇒
    • Baijnath Temple, Baijnath
    • Bajreswari Temple, Kangra
    • Bhagsunag Temple, Mcleodganj
    • Bijli Mahadev Temple, Kullu
    • Chamunda Devi Temple
    • Chintpurni Devi Temple
    • More  ⇒

 

Karnataka Temples Kerala Temples
    • Aihole
    • Ananthashayana temple Karkala
    • Anegudde
    • Annapoorneshwari Temple, Horanadu
    • Badami Cave Temples
    • Badami
    • More  ⇒
    • Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple
    • Attukal Temple
    • Konchiravila Temple
    • Sreekanteswaram Shiva Temple
    • Pazhaya Sreekanteswaram Temple
    • Kurumkalam Bhagavati Temple
    • More  ⇒

 

Maharastra Temples Orissa Temples
    • Ajanta Caves
    • Akkalkot Swami Samarth
    • Alandi
    • Aalpanakavu Ayyappa Temple
    • Amba Devi Amravati
    • Bijasani Mata Shirpur
    • More  ⇒
Punjab & Hariyana Temples Rajastan Temples
    • Baba Sodal Mandir, Jalandhar
    • Dandi Swami Temple Ludhiana
    • Devi Talab Mandir, Jalandhar
    • Durgayana Temple Amritsar
    • Mandir Baba Lakho, Hoshiarpur
    • Ram Tirth, Amritsar
    • More  ⇒
    • Eklingji Mahadev Temple
    • Ambika Mata Temple, Jagat
    • Neemach Mata Temple, Udaipur
    • Jagdish Temple , Udaipur
    • Bohra Ganesh Temple , Udaipur
    • Shri Asthal Mandir
    • More  ⇒

 

Tamil Nadu Temples Uttarakhand Temples
    • Ardhanareeswarar Temple
    • Ayyappan Temple
    • Varadaraja Perumal Temple
    • Vellore Golden Temple
    • Aabathsahayeswarar Temple
    • Aabathsahayeswarar Temple
    • More  ⇒
    • Badrinath Temple , Badrinath
    • Gopinath Mandir, Chamoli Gopeshwar
    • Hemkund Sahib, near Govindghat
    • Jyotirmath (Joshimath)
    • Kalpeshwar
    • Karnaprayag
    • More  ⇒

 

Uttar Pradesh Temples Other State Temples
    • Anandeshwar Mandir
    • Hanuman Mandir
    • J K Temple
    • Jageshwar Mandir, Jajmau
    • Baradevi Temple
    • Buddha Devi Temple
    • More  ⇒
    • Baijnath Temple, Baijnath
    • Bajreswari Temple, Kangra
    • Bhagsunag Temple, Mcleodganj
    • Bijli Mahadev Temple, Kullu
    • Chamunda Devi Temple
    • Chintpurni Devi Temple
    • More  ⇒