Temple Architecture- where science meets spirituality
Humans look up towards the sky when they see the need for divine guidance and direction. Inspiration, solace, comfort and strength seem to radiate from the skies. Man also goes to places of worship for similar reasons. Many Hindus take a pilgrimage to holy shrines to seek guidance. What makes these pilgrimage sites so special? If one looks a closer look at the temples that have attained pilgrimage status, there will be a common thread. These temples became concentrated spaces of divine energy through science, engineering and the pujas that are performed there. The ancient temples of Madurai, Tanjore, Rameswaram, Kalahasthi have been around for millennia bestowing peace and energy to the millions of pilgrims that visit.
Agama Shastra, the treatise on building temples gives precise instructions on the size, proportion, placement and other aspects of temple construction. These shastras date back to the 5th
centuries. It places particular importance on the Vimanas of a temple.
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