Stunning Hindu temples in India
Stunning Hindu temples in India, culturally India is one of the most special countries in the world. It is huge, has a population of more than 1 billion inhabitants and has hundreds of religions, languages and ways of understanding life. Today I bring you more curiosities from India.
Stunning Hindu temples in India
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The Karni Mata Temple
Stunning Hindu temples in India, the Karni Mata Temple, located in the city of Deshnoke (Rajasthan), is perhaps the rarest temple in the world since there are more than 20 thousand rats that are considered sacred. According to legend, Karni Mata, a Hindu woman who was born in the fourteenth century, asked the goddess Yama, goddess of death, to bring her stepson back to life, who had died drowned in a water tank. The goddess first refused but then allowed the child and all members of the Karni Mata tribe to return to life reincarnated as rats.
Stunning Hindu temples in India, of all the thousands and thousands of rats in the temple, there are 4 or 5 that are white and that are considered especially sacred. Seeing them is a sign of good luck. They say that never in the history of the temple has there been any plague or disease transmitted by rats.
Stunning Hindu temples in India, the Khajuraho temple complex was built between 900 and 1150 A.D. What most surprises its visitors are the erotic figures that decorate the exteriors of many of the temples. In them you can see erotic and sexual scenes between men, women and animals. It is believed that they represent the sexual life of people at that time and are not images of gods practicing sex.
Stunning Hindu temples in India, it is very surprising to see these types of sex scenes in a temple in a country as conservative as India, where talking with a traditional Indian woman (from town) is almost impossible. In the 4 months we spent in the country me and two friends, we barely had contact with any of them.
The Harmandir Sahib Temple
Stunning Hindu temples in India, the Harmandir Sahib (known as Golden Temple) of Amristar is the holiest place in the Sighs (you will recognize them because they are the ones wearing turbans and beards). The temple is covered with authentic gold. This temple is for many one of the most beautiful in India, comparable to the world famous Taj Mahal. Among the Indians, sighs temples are very famous because they always feed you for free. If you visit the temple at lunchtime you can eat side by side with the thousands of followers of this religion.
Stunning Hindu temples in India, this magnificent temple, known as the Lotus Temple, is obviously inspired by this flower. It was built in 1986 and has won several architecture awards. This temple represents the entrance to the 21st century of mysticism and religiosity of India. The temple was built by the followers of the religion called Bahaism, a religion that calls for the union of all humanity and all religions. So all practitioners of any religion are welcome to this temple.
The Meenakshi Amman Temple
Stunning Hindu temples in India, a temple with more than 33 thousand sculptures, this temple is located in the city of Madurai, in southern India, a city with more than 2500 years of history. The Madurai temple has 14 towers between 45 and 50 meters and a space that usually houses 15,000 people a day (25,000 on Fridays). It is estimated that there are more than 33,000 sculptures inside the temple. The Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival is celebrated for 10 days in April and May and more than 1 million people visit the temple.
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