Hindu Temple - Architecture and Alignment

Architecture and Alignment

Earth has its energy centres that correspond to universal data centres of life and awareness. The temple, through which contacts or relations are established among the states of being (humans, spirits, and gods), is thus a combination of the data of yoga, astrology, and sacred geography. In the temple structure, there are diagrams similar to the ones described for chakras according to yoga experience, with proportions similar to those deriving from the position of the stars, by which the influence can be explained. The characteristics of site and orientation are connected to the living structure of the Earth. The Hindu temple is thus not a place where the faithful may gather but a sacred building constructed to receive subtle influences.

The main architectural styles are: the Dravida style of South India, and the Nagara style of North India, the mixed Vesara style. Other styles include: the Pahari architectures of Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, and Nepal; Kerala rainy style, Goa European style, Bali style, Khmer style, and the modern very basic style of a hall with a altar.

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