Diploma Course on Hindu Temple Administration and Indian Culture Soon

Towards preserving and promoting Hindu culture and tradition, Tirupati’s deemed University Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSVP) has announced a one-year diploma course in temple administration and culture.

The University Vice-Chancellor Prof V Muralidhara Sarma made an official announcement in this regard on December 14, 2017.

According to Prof. Sharma, the course will a combination of legal and ritualistic procedures related to temples.

The course offers a detailed understanding of temple administration and a thorough knowledge of temple Agamas and legal procedures. Continue reading “Diploma Course on Hindu Temple Administration and Indian Culture Soon”

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Ages-old Idols Recovered From Centuries-old Temple in Tamilnadu

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                     Recovered idols at Cuddalore temple. (Source: Express)

In its recent operation, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department of recovered 26 panchaloha idols of various gods from a 300-year-old temple in the Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu State.

The operation, which was undertaken despite the locale’s resistance, was part of government’s plan to move ages-old idols, lying in unsafe conditions, to bigger temples in order to protect them from idol smugglers. Continue reading “Ages-old Idols Recovered From Centuries-old Temple in Tamilnadu”

The Only Brahma Temple Considered as the ‘King of Temples’

Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are considered as the ‘Trumiurthis’ (Trio) responsible for the operations (Birth, Life and Death) of the entire universe. Of the three, we have large number of temples for Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. But, we rarely hear about the temples for Lord Brahma. The only shrine that is considered as the only Brahma temple in the world is ‘Pushkar’, Rajasthan, India. The temple’s history dates to pre-vedic period, back to more than 2000 years. The name Pushkar was derived from the words Push (Flower) and Kar (Hand), and is considered the place where the petals of the Lotus flower (the weapon of Lord Brahma) fell on ground, Continue reading “The Only Brahma Temple Considered as the ‘King of Temples’”

A Desert-Shrine With Temples Submerged under Sand Dunes; Seen Once in 12 years!

Talakadu (Talakad) of Mysore, Karnataka, India is the place we are speaking about. Situated on the banks of River Cauvery, Talakad is a rare combination of desert and river. Talakad is famous for its sand dunes and has decades-old temples submerged under dunes, and a village nearby, Malangi. The shrine houses around 30 temples temples, which remain submerged under sand and opened only during the Karthika Maasam (Indian month) that has five Mondays, which happens once in 12 years. So, the temple is opened only once in 12 years! Continue reading “A Desert-Shrine With Temples Submerged under Sand Dunes; Seen Once in 12 years!”

A Temple of Gradually-Growing Idol

Did you ever heard of a growing idol? Then you must know about Yaganti (originally Neganti) shrine in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The famous Yaganti cave and hill temple has with Umamaheswara as its main deity and also a maginificent Nandi idol, in front of ‘Garbhagruha’ as in all Lord Shiva temples usually. The interesting part of this temple is the ‘growing Nandi idol’.You heard it right. The Nandi idol in the temple has been growing gradually over the centuries. The idol, which was very small over the last century, has grown in size over a century, and has currently filled the space between the idol and the pillar beside it, the path of pradakshina (moving around holy idols in Hindu temple tradition). Continue reading “A Temple of Gradually-Growing Idol”

Vindhyavasini- A Unique Shaktipeeth of its Kind

Vindhyavasini Temple is located in a place called Vindhyachal, a place near to Mirzapur District of Uttar Pradesh, India, on the banks of River Ganges. The main deity, Vindhyavasini, derives her name from the place Vindhyachal, referred as the place (hill) the goddess resides in. The history of this temple dates back to Dwaparayuga, during the time of the birth of Lord Krishna. After killing seven sons born to Devaki-Vasudev, who were jailed, the demon king Kamsa is waiting for the birth of Sri Krishna, to kill him to protect self. When Devaki-Vasudev gave birth to Lord Krishna as their eighth child in the jail, on the other side in another place, Nanda-Yashoda also gave birth to a female child, who was later replaced with the male child. Continue reading “Vindhyavasini- A Unique Shaktipeeth of its Kind”

An All-Granite Temple That Doesn’t Cast a Shadow

The Brihadeshwara Temple of Tamilnadu State, India is one of the tallest temples of the world, and has unique features. Listed under the UNESCO Heritage Sites, this 1000-yr-old temple’s history dates back to the period of Kingdom of Cholas, during the Rajaraja Chola-1, who built this magnificient structure. The interesting part of the temple is that it doesn’t cast a shadow during any part of the day, even when the Sun is at its peak. This is one unique feature of this temple apart from many others. Continue reading “An All-Granite Temple That Doesn’t Cast a Shadow”