What is a TEMPLE


This amazing series on Indian Civilization brings cultural continuities of India. 


The movie is deeply researched, rightfully interpreted and beautifully filmed, from India & world sites and Museums. The series depicts the continuities of Cultural Traditions, Knowledge systems and Philosophical thoughts of India. With the contribution of 30 eminent scholars, this 19 Episodes series shows India's magnificent Iconography, Temple Art, Diverse Cultures, Ancient Relics, Wall paintings, Manuscripts, Meditative Music & Dance with the wisdom of India, in the most enthralling & entertaining way. It is produced by Shri Vallabh Bhanshali and directed by Dr Deepika Kotjari & Ramji OM. Watch the series trailer - Indian Civilization- its continuities & Change HERE


We present Episode 10 on What is a Temple. Voiceover by Kabir Bedi.


Highlights of views - Hear views of respected Dr Nagaswamy (philosophical ideas articulated through the temple, how is temple location and design decided) etc. How the concept of teerthas or pilgrimages developed, real teertha is the mind). In Bali temples are called ‘pura’. It goes back to the Vedas. A Hindu temple has six parts or Angas. First step is temple making selection of land – landscape, rivers and lakes around, texts describe how abode of the Lord should be chosen. Vastu texts decide site of temple. It is through temples that life giving energy was given to society. Also hear art historian Dr Devanga Desai. 


To see video

1. In English – 23.30 minutes

2. In Hindi  - 22.28 minutes

To see pictures of Temples of India (4274 images)

Aso read

1. Appreciating Indian Temple Architecture – an Indian Viewpoint

2. Weapons seen in the hands of deities of Hindu temples

3. Jewellery in Indian Iconography

4. Temples of India by Swami Sivananda  

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