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The Hindu Temple

The Hindu Temple

Author: Erin Aldana
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This lesson will explore the traits of Hindu temples.

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Notes on "The Hindu Temple"

Key Terms

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.

Mandapa

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

Garbagriha

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

Shikhara

The roof of a Hindu temple.

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.


Image Credits

Image of a Seal with Man in Yogic Position, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shiva_Pashupati.jpg ,Deogarh, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Deogarh01.jpg, Vishnu lying on bed of serpents at Deogarh, Creative Commons, , http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anantasayi_Vishnu_Deogarh.jpg.jpgDiagram of Khajuraho temple, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Architecture_of_the_Khajuraho_temples.jpg, Simplified plan of Kandariya Mahadeva temple at Khajuraho, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plan_of_Kandariya_Mahadeva_temple.jpg , Image of Exterior Sculpture and Mithuna from Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kandariya_Mahadeva_temple_wall_erotic_sculptures,_Khajuraho.jpg, Shiva Nataraja, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shiva_as_the_Lord_of_Dance_LACMA_edit.jpg

Terms to Know
Bhakti

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

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.

Personal God

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

Shakti

Female divine energy, often personified as a goddess.

Shikhara

The roof of a Hindu temple.

Tantra

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