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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

why hindu temples are located mostly on the top of the hills?

i dont know about other hindu temples in india, but in my state andhra pradesh, many famous temples like thirupathi, sri sailam, yadhagiri, badhrachalam, vijayawada, simhachalam and many other famous temples are on the top of the hills...

why so??

thank you :)

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  • 8 years ago
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    Nice Q Sweet heart!

    One star is too less for your observant and inquisitive mind. Ancient Budhist monasteries also used to be atop the hills and as per ancient Indian culture people used to go to Himalayas for meditation etc.

    Several reasons and you already have several nice different answers and point of views from a group of very learned participants.

    Here are a few more logical reasons.

    They are visible from a great distance while on top of the hill, look majestic, devotees have to toil to reach there, being on top of hills less inhabitants from general population as there were no motor vehicles and easy transport now a days it is fun to make a home on top of hill, safe from the floods, better weather wise, less humdrum so peaceful, people in general look up to the sky while in search of Heavens and God (Even though God is Omnipresent).

    There must be several more reasons, perhaps but the real correct answer only the really enlightened ones can tell.

    Astronomy was important to the ancients, atop the hill due to less air pollution the stars are visible much sharper Also air quality is better as well. Perhaps better for pranayama. At one time the physicians will recommend patients to go to hill stations especially if they suffered from T.B. when there were not many medicines for this deadly ailment. Water quality, soil quality and the plants grown therefore are also better, Nature and human consumption friendly.

  • 8 years ago

    Hindu belief that the God/lord will not give her blessing with out facing any problem. In other way you cannot directly reach to the god /lord to gain her blessing you have to still facing some difficulty to gain her blessing. So the Hindu Brahmans including Hindu Princes decided to create temples in top of the hills that people could face little such difficulty for the blessing of god/ lord.

  • Giri
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    Large Hindu temples were usually built at picturesque places, especially on river banks, on top of hills(Spiritual beliefs, values, and purpose in life) , and on the sea shore. Smaller temples or open-air shrines can crop up just about anywhere - by the roadside or even under the tree.

  • 8 years ago

    all Hindu are thinking about, going to nearest of the god and also thing god leave on the hill thats why the all temple in the hills

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  • viraat
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    it has Scientific reason...................when ever you visit the temple you may have fresh air to breathe and exercise your body and fresh your mind with beautiful sights.

    Same time one can achieve the spiritual directions with all one,s mood and ability. that is why these hilly area and temples are build on the top of the hills.

    hills are also detaching us from the worldly living. thanks.

  • 8 years ago

    Not only in AP but also everywhere major Hindu-Mandirs are located in either at hilltops or near river banks.You can't imagine a major Mandir in other places.There are both general and spiritual reasion behind it.

    General reason:Hill tops are clean and everyone can view the temple in the locality for being situated at the top of hills.

    Spiritual reason:It is assumed that in olden days, Hindu Gods and Goddesses went to the mountains to meditate, to introspect, to attain ascetic powers and to engage in rigorous disciplined self mortification. Mountainous areas were usually peaceful and conducive for such noble activities without any worldly disturbances.

    These Gods, Goddesses and saints acquired spiritual powers in the process and many of them even attained 'Moksha' (Liberation) from there. This makes the land over there pure, sacred and worthy of visiting. Therefore as a mark of respect to these deities, temples are built there for people to visit, pray and get inspired to be like them.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    A sweet question from the sweet heart. If my guess is right, there is no such question in this forum, such a valuable question.Karthikeya temples always situated in the hills, mostly. The answer from Haritaji as usual inspiring.Thank you for the good question seen after a very long time.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Hello sister, super question. I am pained to see more TD and these wickeds unable to answer gives TD on jealous. They want to spoil the good question. My heartful congrats for floating a good question. As per my opinion, i endorse Haritaji answer.

  • gueth
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Why Temples Are Built

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Good question. i will try my level best to answer this question. i will be happy if it gives you satisfaction.Now we will go to the answer.

    my answer: Why Hindu Temples are located mostly on the top of the hills is your question. we will go step by step.

    1.What is a temple?

    The temple is the focus for all aspects of everyday life in the Hindu community - religious, cultural, educational and social. The temple is a place where God may be approached and where divine knowledge can be discovered. All aspects of the Hindu temple focus on the goal of enlightenment and liberation.

    2.What will be the procedure to build a Hindu Temple?

    A Temple is not primarily considered a place for communal worship but the home of God, or the particular Deity.Good selection of building site. There are more procedures to built a temple for which Agama Shashtra, Shilpa Shashtra, and Vastu Shashtra are essential.The place away from the urban life and noise pollution fulfilled the requirements for construction of a temple with lot of greenery and a little pond in the surrounding vicinity. Selection of site and examination of the soil were elaborately treated in the Vaastu Shastras from time immemorial, since they were regarded as important preliminaries to actual construction of temples.

    Hindu temples are constructed on sites, which satisfy the canons of beauty, religious sanctity, convenience and architectural stability. Brihat Samhita says that the gods always play where the groves are near rivers, mountains and springs and in towns with pleasure gardens.Tantrasamuchchaya reveals that the site, for the purpose of installing the deity should be chosen in a sacred place, on the bank of a river, hills,mountains,the shore of sea, forest, grove etc.,. The Agamas and Vaastu Shastras, Hinduism’s scriptural authorities on temple architecture, give precise details and formulas prescribing how to design, carve and assemble a temple.

    3. Why Hindu Temples are located mostly on the top of the Hills/Mountains?

    Unlike other organized religions, in Hinduism, it is not mandatory for a person to visit a temple. Since all Hindu home usually have a small shrine or ‘puja room’ for daily prayers.Hindu temples also do not play a crucial role in marriages and funerals, but it is often the meeting place for religious discourses as well as ‘bhajans’ and ‘kirtans’ (devotional songs and chants).In the Vedic period there were no temples. The main object of worship was fire that stood for God. Then on the cultural changes the great pandits and sages thought of a sacred place to worship and that was the beginning Murti/idol worship. The sacred place was called temples.

    Locations of Temples:As the race progressed, temples became important because they served as a sacred meeting place for the community to congregate and revitalize their spiritual energies. Large temples were usually built at picturesque places, especially on river banks, on top of hills, and on the sea shore. Smaller temples or open-air shrines can crop up just about anywhere - by the roadside or even under the tree.

    The Puranas state that ‘The gods always play where groves are near rivers, mountains and springs’. Sacred sites in India therefore, are usually associated with water, shade and lakes of India are often considered to be sacred and they have healing and purifying powers. Rivers such as the Ganges are thought to have descended from the heavens, perhaps the Milky Way, and their sacred water is needed in the temple tank.

    The gods have always been attracted to mountains and they have great mountains for the symbolism and appearance of the temple. There was an impulse to create soaring towers that looked like mountain ranges. Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas is the celestial abode of Shiva and the Kailasa temple at Ellora as the architectural interpretation of this mountain. To reinforce this symbolism temples were originally painted white to make them look even more like snow covered mountains.

    Why Hindu Temples are located mostly on the top of the hills? There is no space here to elaborate each temples. Please go through this link which is providing all details.

    http://www.hindubooks.org/temples/andhrapradesh/

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