Temple Architecture and Positivity: Is there a Connection?

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A temple has to be built according to the Vedic principles and Vaastu Shaastra. It is the most acceptable constraint that the main idol of the deity should be located where the magnetic lines of the Earth are concentrated. The temple is then constructed around this point. This makes the ‘Garbhagirha’ (the main shrine) a high-power zone, which continually radiates  in the form of invisible energy. The planning of the temple complex around this central spot is not as simple as it looks. Taking the 8 x 8 grid of Vaastu Purusha Mandal known as the Manduka Mandala is widely accepted in zoning of the temple. The symmetrical geometry is developed from , , cardinality and mathematical principles. Shristi unveils the secrets of Hindu temple construction that is central to spirituality, in the regular , exclusively for Different Truths.

Have you ever felt a difference in the aura, when you visit any temple premises? Was it a positive difference? Why do you think many people make it a habit to visit temples; when we already know that God lies within each one of us? It is maybe because of their unconditional faith in God or maybe they have an unknown addiction to this aura. But, what do you think is responsible for this positivity? I have visited numerous temples in my 22 years, but over a period of time, I have generated the interest as well as the conscience to feel and question everything that I experience.

Last weekend, I got the chance to attend the evening aarti at a temple located on the outskirts of Brahmapur, my hometown. India being a culturally rich country, you will find a temple in every other street. But, you may or may not connect yourself with every temple; because not all of them are built according to the Vedic principles and Vaastu Shaastra. It is the most acceptable constraint that the main idol of the deity should be located where the magnetic lines of the Earth are concentrated. The temple is then constructed around this point. This makes the ‘Garbhagirha’ (the main shrine) a high-power zone, which continually radiates positive vibes in the form of invisible energy.

The planning of the temple complex around this central spot is not as simple as it looks. Taking the 8 x 8 grid of Vaastu Purusha Mandal known as the Manduka Mandala is widely accepted in zoning of the temple. The symmetrical geometry is developed from myths, beliefs, cardinality and mathematical principles. The centre most padas (squares of the grid) denotes the -sthaan (the spot of the Brahma). The temple complex the Brahma pada as well as the concentrically radiating outward squares denoting Devika padas (of God), Manusha padas (of humans) and Paisachika padass (of demons), respectively. The Shikhara (or Vimana) stands right above the Garbhagriha, housing the symmetric upward tiers of the spire with precisely measured geometry. The sky bound direction of the Shikhara creates a focal point and gives the idea of uprising spiritually.

64 Grid Manduka Design for Temple Vastu

64 Grid Manduka Design for Temple Vastu

“There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart,” said Kenzo Tange. The inscriptions, sculptures and carvings in the interior as well as exterior, telltales the stories and morals of ancient times; thereby stimulate the child within each of us. When we start accepting the space as a whole, we connect to it in no time. This connection generates the energy, which makes one engrossed and invigorated in the spirit of the architecture around.

In addition, all the five senses of a human body are activated in the process of offering prayers,

Hindu Sphere Design

Hindu Sphire Design

performing the and having the prasaad. This opens all the internal gates of the body to wholly accept the energies flowing through smell, hearing, sight, touch and taste. Being charged with the positivity, the mantras and bhajans elevate the sense of concentration which is vital to behold the energy amongst the body.

Visiting a temple, or a church, or a mosque is not only about religion and spirituality. It is also a way of life; an area of science, which is usually misunderstood by the present and the next generations. Temples are way beyond mere buildings. They are energy centres and stress busters. Positivity is an essential ingredient in the process of life and the architecture of temples makes the same available to us in plenty. Next time you visit a temple, look around, it for a while, try and grab as much energy as you can and make sure you retain it!

©Shristi Nangalia

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Shristi Nangalia

Shristi Nangalia

Shristi Nangalia is an architect from the brain and writer from the heart. The blend of these spheres gave rise to an architectural writer in her. , culture, and colours always inspire her to grow. Being a keen Indian, she has an unbiased love for Indian food and architecture.
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