Temples are places where Self Awarness Energy of a person (saint or Yogi) is concentrated which will be received in the Energy form that can be used for an individual for his or her own material expenses or spiritual evolution.

Example in Sabarimala, the great saint and Yogi Ayyappan has invested his Self-Awareness Energy (SAL Energy) that helps millions of people's SAL energy deficiency that is experienced as sufferings in life.

There are several such temples each has its own wave-length of Energy of the Yogi or saint that has invested their SAL Energy. Therefore sometimes are good for general prosperity, some for education, others for health, security, etc.





The temple shrines have been built in square, rectangular, circular, apsidal and elliptical ground plans. The dominance of the circular shrine is a unique feature of temple architecture in Kerala. The southern half of the State has a preponderance of circular shrines. Kumaranalloor, Trikkodithanam, Triprayar and Ettumanoor temples have circular shrines. The apsidal temples lay scattered all over the west coast up to Thiruvananthapuram but there is a concentration of this type in central Kerala. The Shiva temples at Trikkandiyur and Triprangod and Ayyappan shrine in Karikkad have apsidal shrines. The rectangular and elliptical ground plans can be seen only in a few temples in Kerala. As the rectangular plan was more suited for enshrining Vishnu as Anantasayanam, the Sree Padmanabha Swami temple in Thiruvananthapuram, follows this type. Kidangoor, Thirunakkara, Guruvayoor and Sabarimala temple shrines are also rectangular in shape. The Shiva temple at Vaikom is built on the elliptical plan .The Madhur Temple in Kasaragod district has a three tiered Gajaprishta Sreekovil and resembles the back of an elephant.

"Deho Devalaya Proktho Jeevo Deva: Sadasiva:" (Kularnava Tantra)

According to Kularnava Tantra human body itself is a temple and Sadashiva or Paramathma is the diety in this temple. This sidhantha(theory) is adopted in the construction of Kerala Temples. Sreekovil or Garbhagruham (sanctum sanctorum) is considered as the head of the diety, Antharalam or inner Balivattom is considered as the face of the diety, Mukhamandapam or Namaskara mandapam is considered as the neck of the diety, Nalambalam is considered as the hands of the diety, Pradakshinaveethi is considered as the Kukshi pradesa (stomach) of the diety, compound wall is considered as the legs of the diety and the main Gopuram is considered as the foot of the diety. That means Panchaprakaras (Prakaram or compound wall, Bahyahara or Sheevelippura, Madhyahara or Vilakkumadam, Anthahara or Nalambalam and Antharalam or inner Balivattom) of the Temple is the Sthoola Sareera (visible part of the body) of the diety. The Deva Prathishta or idol inside the Sreekovil or Garbhagruha and the Shadaadharas (Aadharashila, Nidhikumbham, Padmam, Koormam, Yoganaalam and Napumsaka shila) under the prathishta is the Sookshma Sareera (soul) of the diety. The Dwajam (flag staff) or Kodimaram is the spinal code of the diety. Hence a typical Kerala temple resembles a human body in all aspects.

 Above is from http://www.vaikhari.org/architecture.html

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