Temples are like satellite relay centers where highly intense spiritual energy is created and sent all over the world to help human beings heal themselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and above all spiritually. Though deity worship, we have mastered the science of bringing divinity in the deities and the art of turning stone into God.
~ Paramahamsa Nithyananda
What is a Hindu Temple?
In Vedic times, the living sciences of extraordinary medical discoveries took human health and longevity to unimaginable levels. Vedic tradition is the spiritual root of all medical, biological and mental health and life sciences, which approached the human mind-body as a microcosm of the universal energy and not as a separate bio-chemistry. The vedic tradition prescribes three ways for extraordinary powers to express through you that lead you to enlightenment. They are: mani, technique or technology such as flying machines; mantra, sacred sounds and aushada, special herbs or chemicals that raise the consciousness. The Master’s initiation can instantly give enlightenment or awaken extraordinary powers in you, but the human system is not prepared to hold that cosmic energy. It is like pouring water on an inverted pot. The sacred herbs when energized and given can simply open the human mind-body’s nervous pathways to receive the powerful transmission by the Master.
At the heart of Vedic tradition and Hindu life is the sacred tradition of temples, the energy centers where the Divine resides. Any human settlement in vedic civilization has flourished around temples making Hinduism, a temple-based civilization of celebratory traditions. Each temple is an energy circuit created by an enlightened master or incarnation and retains that energy for thousands of years. Temple rituals are processes to invoke and radiate different energies.
Incarnations bring down enormous cosmic energy which is stored in temples and radiated to the planet for mankind to experience enlightenment, and also to bring healing, divine powers and fulfillment of desires.
Further, in Hinduism, there is no idol worship. Worship happens ‘through’ idols. Everything, from education, architecture, lifestyle or celebrations, are based on temples. Vedic temples were always maintained through donations from royal patrons and individuals, thus creating huge merits (punya) for the donors. The temples were given money, gold, silver, livestock and land by the patrons. Such donations keep the vital source of vedic tradition alive and enriching till date.
yo yadevapratikṛiṁ pratiṣhāpayati priye | sa tallokamvāpnoti bhogānapi tadudbhavān ||
iṣakāgṛadāne tu tasmāchhtaguṇṁ phalam | tato’yutaguṇṁ puṇam śilagṛhapradānataḥ || 25 ||
Lord Śri Sadāśiva said: O Dear Devi! Th person who does the pratiṣṭhā, which is the science of breathing life into matter and making it a specifi Deity (living form of Divine), he attains the abode of that very Deity and experiences the enjoyments of that abode. By donating a temple made of bricks, one resides in the heavenly abode for thousand crore years multiplied by hundred times. By donating a temple made of stones, one attains the divine merit (puṇya) which is ten thousand times more.”
~ mahānirvaṇtantraṁ, trayodaśa ullāsa
Paramahamsa Nithyananda as the spiritual inspiration, has established:
15 Hindu temples in India in Bangalore, Salem, Hosur, Rajapalayam, Tiruvanamalai, Pondicherry, Chennai, Erode, Madurai, Kanchipuram, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Seeragapadi, Rasipuram and Sirkazhi.
17 temples across the world including Los Angeles, Seattle, Ohio, Oklahoma, San Jose, New York, St. Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Charlotte in USA, Toronto in Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Guadeloupe, Oman, Melbourne in Australia, Kulim in Malaysia.
Work is underway for establishing:
8 more temples within India.
These temples serve as cosmic energy hubs and learning centers reaching the vedic lifestyle to people in their own places.
Golden Temple, Bangalore, India
In 2014, under the direct auspices of living incarnation, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, construction began at the existing Nithyanandeshwara Temple at Bidadi ashram, for building the world’s largest Shiva temple, which is the first golden temple built for Lord Shiva in the modern era. The temple is being constructed as per the Agama Shastras, the perfect scriptures directly mandated by Lord Shiva. The large majestic temple embodying the Divinity will become the pilgrimage destination (dham) for billions on the planet fulfilling their divine faiths and earthly aspirations. Its sacred energy-field (ksetra) will bring and bless mankind to directly connect, commune and experience Divine through worship, devotion, meditation and ritual ceremonies that will proclaim the accession of the Vedic era.
It is the first golden temple for Mahadeva, Shiva. Mahadeva had golden temples earlier. The Tanjore (Brihadishwara temple) was a golden temple. Unfortunately, during the invasions, the gold was stripped off. This will be the first golden temple for Mahadeva in the modern era. The main parts of the temple will be gold coated – the garbhagriha (inner sanctum of main deity), mukhamandap (pillared hall in front of sanctum), ardhamandap (connecting the previous 2 areas), mahamandap (tallest, largest hall), vasanthamandap (festival hall) and so on.
– Paramahamsa Nithyananda