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Why did Ancient Hindu Temples have Sex Sculptures?

Sex symbols have been associated with Hinduism from an early stage. These symbols were mainly part of nature worship. There is difference of opinion regarding the exact reason for sex sculptures in Hindu temples. And the notion of Hindu sex temples is wrong. A Classic example is Khajuraho were only 20% of the sculptures are sex sculptures that too they are depicted along with other aspects life. The answer to question "Why did Ancient Hindu Temples have Sex Sculptures?" is very simple. The outside of a temple represents different aspects of life. Each of these aspects are beautiful and essential. All these beautiful aspects complete life. Just imagine what would be life without sex. There will be no regeneration. Sex is just one among the beautiful and important aspect of life. Outside of a Hindu temple reminds a devotee about the various aspects of life. Deep inside this beautiful life resides God. The most important difference from today and ancient Hindu world is

The 12 Jyotirling and Their Symbolic Representation

There is a popular belief that the 12 Jyotirling, which appeared on its own, are symbolic representation of 12 important factors in nature. Jyotirlings are the 12 important Shivlings worshipped in various temples in India. According to Shiva Purana, the 12 Jyotirling are symbolic representation of 12 factors and they are: Brahma  –  Somnath Temple Maya  –  Mallikarjun Temple Jeev  – Mahakal Temple Mann (mind)  –  Omkareshwar Budhi  –  Kedareshwar Chitta  –  Bhimashankar Ahamkar  –  Kashi Akash  –  Trimbakeshwar Vayu  –  Baidyanath Dham Agni  –  Nageshwar Temple Jal  –  Rameshwaram Temple Prithvi  –  Grishneshwar Related Twelve Important Temples Dedicated to Shiva in India – The 12 Jyotirling

Lodhi Road Ram Temple in New Delhi – Sri Ram Mandir at Lodhi Road in Delhi

The famous Bhagavan Sri Ram Temple at Lodhi Road in New Delhi, India, is noted for its South Indian temple architecture style. The main murti worshipped in the Sri Ram Mandir is in the form of Sri Rama Pattabhishekam – Coronation of Bhagavan Sri Ram. Thus the sanctum has murtis of Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita, His three brothers – Bharata, Lakshman, Shatrughna – and Hanuman. The temple is maintained by South Indians. When the site was dug for temple in 1968, a small murti of Goddess Lakshmi was discovered from here. Initially, the temple only had a photo of Bhagavan Sri Ram in the sanctum. Later murtis of Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman were consecrated. The temple attained fame and popularity after the installation of a 12-feet Lord Hanuman sculpture in 1970s. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are: Lord Ranganatha form of Vishnu – Srihari Vishnu reclines on Ananthasesha and the murti is a replica of the murti worshipped in the famous Srirangam Temple i

Greatness and Importance of Gurukula System and Vedic Education

Greatness and Importance of Gurukula System and Vedic Education is an essay taken from the editorial of the Prabuddha Bharata Magazine September, 2010 . Detachment and Brahmacharya Pursuit of knowledge and wisdom was facilitated by the gurukula system, where the homes and ashramas of rishis and scholars were open to students for residential study. A fundamental principle of Vedic education was tapas. Control and concentration of mind and senses was considered the highest tapas. Concentration, however, is only one component in the training of the will. The other, and equally important aspect, is detachment. The Vedic student had the first lesson in detachment in leaving home to live with the guru’s family. The brahmacharya code, which every student abided by, furthered it. Strict Adherence to Truth and Honesty Strict adherence to satya, truth, was another vital facet of Vedic tapas. According to Satyavacha Rathatari of the Taittiriya Upanishad, truth is all that needs to be cu