Temples of India is the integral part of all Indians daily life. Indians some how or other are influenced by the temples of India. But how the temples of India have become so important to the life of the Indians?
Ancient Indian thought divides time into four distinct periods. These periods are referred to as Krta; Treta; Dvapara; and Kali.
The first of these divisions (Krita) is Satya-Yuga or the Age of Truth. It was a golden age without violence, malice, or deceit, characterized by righteousness. All men were of one caste, and there was only one God who dwelt among men as one of them.
In the next age (Treta Yuga) the righteousness of the previous age is reduced by a quarter. The main quality of this era was knowledge. The gods had little presence and descended to earth only when men invited them to perform rituals and sacrifices. This god was recognized by all.
In the third great division of time, righteousness existed to half its extent in the first division. In this era, diseases, misery, and caste have arisen. The gods multiplied. Men made their idols, worshiped them, and the gods would descend in disguised form. But these disguised deities are known only to that worshipper.
Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva worshiping Goddess Kali
Kaliyuga is the present age of mankind in which we live, the first three ages having already passed. It is believed that this age began between midnight on February 17 and 18, 3102 BC. Righteousness is now one-tenth of the first age. True worship and sacrifice are now lost. It is a time of anger, lust, passion, pride, and conflict. There is an excessive preoccupation with material and sexual matters.
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Only in the Kali Yuga did temples appear on the horizon. At the last stage of this existence, temples (as public places of worship), built and icons began to be installed. But the gods stopped coming down and appeared in their person or disguise. However, their presence could be felt when the icons were properly placed and the temples were properly built. Unlike earlier times when the gods were equally available to all, now only the priests, belonging to a traditional hierarchy of professional worshippers, were the appropriate persons to enforce this presence.
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From a contemporary perspective, temples serve as safe havens where ordinary people like us can feel free from the constant turmoil of daily existence and commune with God personally. But our age is individualism if nothing else. Each of us needs our concept of God based on our cultural roots. In this context it is interesting to note that both the words ‘temple’ and ‘contemplation’ share the same origin from the Roman word ‘temple’, meaning a sacred enclosure. Strictly speaking, where there is no meditation, there is no temple.
It is an irony of our age that this individualistic contemplative factor associated with the temple is regarded as its highest positive quality, although legend has it that it is a limitation that arose out of our continued spiritual impoverishment through the ages. We have lost the divine who lived within us (Krta Yuga), which is the same as when the man himself was divine.
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But this is not to belittle the importance of temples as centers of spiritual nourishment in our present context, but rather a testament to their invaluable importance in providing support to modern man in an environment and manner that suits the general needs of the age. which we exist.
A clickable list of important and amazing Temples of India given below for easy surfing.
SHAKTI TEMPLES OF INDIA
SHIVA TEMPLES OF INDIA
- Suchindram Temple, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
KRISHNA AND VISHNU TEMPLE OF INDIA
HANUMAN TEMPLES OF INDIA
GANESH TEMPLE OF INDIA
RAM TEMPLE OF INDIA