In a world where going to the temple is not voguish for a lot of youngsters and a good chunk of the natives are atheists, we seem to be losing touch with our traditions and sciences. Temples are usually the way of connecting man with god, something that calms the insides and helps man find his decisiveness. But is god truly the reason that you feel this way? Technically the architecture of the temple plays a very important role in the way you feel, the calmness and serenity that washes over you as you enter the premises are because of the strategic design of the temple.

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The building of a temple is a long process that also proves to be very extortionate, and was often commissioned by the king, one of the underlying reasons for that is the research that goes on behind it.

Entering the temple through the gopuram, you feel a strange vibration or a sense of positivity. The temple before construction is searched for a location. The ideal location is one with high magnetic and electric waves. The gopurams are designed as tapering with a rectangular base to signify dynamism and the start of peculiarly high electromagnetic radiation.

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The temple consists of a few parts, the gopuram or the entrance, the mandapa, and the garbhagriha or the Sanctum/sanctorum which contains the idol.

These are all spaced a particular distance about following a proportion system called the Talamana or the Indian iconometry. It is a science of temple proportions derived from the ancient Indian scriptures called the Shilpa Shastra. In simple terms, the system uses the human body with its chakras and is used as a proportion for the placement of the elements in the temple.

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Each of these chakras or energy levels is linked with the magnetism level at that spot. 

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While the entrance shows dynamism, slowly moving past every element and into garbhagriha, we feel calmer and calmer, which also signifies the agnya chakra which is located between your eyebrows. 

There are other more uncomplicated architectural sciences that are related to the temple. Like the fact that moving from the entrance to the sanctum, the height of the place keeps reducing and is the smallest in the presence of God.

There are two reasons for this, one is humility, to remind oneself of the presence of a greater source that created this universe, and is running the fates, the second is to captivate the vibrations in that small location where they are hit to and fro the walls and we end up catching some ourselves.

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We also remove our sandals before entering the place to ensnare the same. There are two chakras that are of magnitude, the agnya where the garbhagriha is located, and the Muladhara where the Dwajasthambam is placed. The dwajasthambam or the flag tower of the temple is of importance and according to tradition, we follow an ambulatory path around it. 

During the Kumbha-abhishekham, which according to the word happens once in twelve years to restore the powers of the idol, also includes the renovation of the temple structures, happens so that the powers from this flag tower should be connected with the moved idol, so as to help it gain the maximum vibrations. Thus is the importance of the dwajasthambam

The other chakras in the body are of relatively lesser importance than the agnya and Muladhara.  

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The kalasa is another important feature of the Indian temples. The finial placed on the gopuram is located at the strategic height. The kalasa is first filled up with grain before undergoing the various rituals, an economic aspect of the same is when the town undergoes a crisis of flooding, the kalasa can be used for the grains as food.

Some of the major temples in India are related to a specific type of tree and contain something called the sthala vriksham. There are some reasons for the placement of the tree inside the temple, to enhance the oxygen circulation within the temple and also denotes the type of offering for the temple. Usually, the shiva temple is related to the vilvamaram, and it is said that an offering of water and the vilva leaf is of substance. There is also the fact of relating these trees to god to increase the respect and fear for the almighty reducing deforestation. It is also to learn to worship the environment. There is also a belief to bring down the cosmic powers from the universe to the world.

There are core essences in our traditions and beliefs, maybe the reasons weren’t passed on to us, that might be the rationale that we are not astounded by the facts that are underlying. It would help if we kept an open mind about these rituals and even better if we found our reasons for the same. Some things go deeper than our knowledge, it is after all the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without being in acceptance of the same.

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  1. Vismitha Holla Reply

    Great info…This is much needed for our generation to understand and to uphold our culture, not just for the sake of it.

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