Sthala-mahatmya, Sthala-māhātmya: 1 definition
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General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Google Books: A History of India
The traditions of many great temples recorded in later times still refer to such an immediate local origin of the gods worshipped in them. Legens of this kind are called sthala mahatmya and are supposed to emphasise the sanctity and greatness (mahatmya) of the designated temple. The statues (arca) worshipped by the Bhaktas are considered to be incarnations (avatara) of gods who had appeared before the people in tangible form. The Bhakta sees and worships his god in this archa-avatara.
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