Land of Temples
History of Temples in India
India with such big diversity and culture holds a major Hindu population across the nation and so does their holy places for worship.In Hindu culture devotees go to temples for worship of their gods not one but many, Hindu culture has 330 million gods who currently lives in more than 475 million temples excluding those which are a part of home.
Temples are places built for religious worship and are held in high esteem in the heart of Indians. Temples have an aura of immense positive energy. People come to these temples to seek the divine presence and more often than not, to just find peace within themselves.
India is a country of diverse religions and beliefs, and it has stunning history, culture, and architecture to reinforce them. Temples were constructed in India as early as 2000 years ago. The oldest temples build were made of stone and wood, and it is obvious that they didn’t stand the test of time.
One of the oldest temples in India is the Mundeshwari Devi Temple was built in 3-4 BC. It is located at Kaura in Kaimur district in the state of Bihar, India on the Mundeshwari Hills.
It is one of India’s most ancient temples built to worship Lord Shiva and Shakti. Hindu inscriptions dated 635 CE were found in the Mundeshwari Devi Temple. It is a widely popular belief that Mother Mundeshwari fulfills every wish sought here with a sincere heart.
India has so many different religions and cultures that each of them sculpts their God in their own way. Even though they have different figures, they are all manifestations of the Supreme Being called Brahman, which is how God is referred to as when he is formless.
When God has form, they are called Paramatma. The three main forms are Brahma; the creator, Vishnu, the sustainer, and Shiva, the destroyer.
Though there is no authentic data gives us an exact number, but Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are two deities that have the most number of temples in India. This is because temples in India don’t always have to be extravagant architectural sites to be counted as one, there are so many temples built in small and remote villages in various parts of the country that are not accounted for.
Did you know?
There are over 450 Hindu Temples in the United States, and the Shiva Murugan Temple located in Concord, CA is the Oldest Temple in the US?
It is widely believed that South India has more number of Temples than the North. Though factually, the number of temples in South India and North India is along the same lines, it does seem as though the Southern region dominates the North with respect to the sheer size of the temples.
Did you know?
Even with all these claims, it is the city of Bhubaneshwar in Odisha, which is a part of the Eastern states of the country, is known as the Temple City of India. It has had over 500 of India’s exquisite temples standing to date.
India is a country of diversity. It is a country of ancient history. It is a country of rich culture. It is a country of Festivals. There is so much you should know about this enthralling country, which is why we’ve created a series of blogs dedicated to enlightening you about the wonders of the country that is India.