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Temple architecture means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (shaivism)

Temple architecture is a major concern of the Siddhānta Āgamas current in South India. Thus, it is remarkable that they are not discussed at all in other early Śaiva Aagamas. Indeed, early manuscripts of Siddhānta Āgamas recovered in Nepal do not deal with this subject at all. Similarly, South Indian Vaiṣṇava Saṃhitās also discuss temple architecture (although less than their Śaiva counterparts). In this case also, this subject is not treated in the earliest Vaiṣṇava sources. It appears, therefore, that temples are not essential for Tantric rituals. However elaborate and extensive they become, these ‘abodes of the gods’ (devālaya), remain essentially three dimensional maṇḍalas.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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