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The Hindu Temple

Author: Aleisha Olson
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This lesson will explore the traits of Hindu temples.

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Notes on "The Hindu Temple"

Terms to Know

Personal God

A god that people can relate to as a person, rather than as an energy force or other abstract concept.

Bhakti

Loving devotion to a deity that can be performed by any individual.

Tantra

A series of beliefs and ritual practices that seek to channel divine energy.

Shakti

Female divine energy, often personified as a goddess.

Shikhara

The roof of a Hindu temple.

Garbagriha

The innermost sanctum of the Hindu temple that house deities, idols or icons.

Mandapa

In Indian architecture, a pillared outdoor hall for public ceremonies.

Mithuna

Sexual union for the purpose of creating divine energy.

Citations:

Image of Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Creative Commons,
; Image of Vishnu Temple at Deogarh, Creative Commons,
; Diagram of Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Creative Commons,
; Plan of Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Creative Commons,
; Image of Exterior Sculpture and Mithuna from Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Creative Commons,
; Image of Mithuna Sculptures from Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Khajuraho, Creative Commons,
; Image of Shiva Nataraja, Public Domain,
;

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Mandapa

    In Indian architecture, a pillared outdoor hall for public ceremonies.

  • Garbagriha

    The innermost sanctum of the Hindu temple that house deities, idols or icons.

  • Shikhara

    The roof of a Hindu temple.

  • Bhakti

    Loving devotion to a deity that can be performed by any individual.

  • Mithuna

    Sexual union for the purpose of creating divine energy.

  • Tantra

    A series of beliefs and ritual practices that seek to channel divine energy.

  • Shakti

    Female divine energy, often personified as a goddess.

  • Personal God

    A god that people can relate to as a person, rather than as an energy force or other abstract concept.