(Last Updated on : 09/03/2013)
Hindu deitys temples portray the flavour of religious magnanimity. Hindus are mainly idol worshipers. Hindus do not indulge in the worshipping of a stone or metal 'idol' as God rather they are ardent believers of unifying their soul with god through worshipping God by the dint of image. They invoke the presence of God from the higher, unseen worlds, into the image so that they can commune with Him and receive His blessings. The stone or metal deity images in Hindu temples, shrines and homes are not mere symbols of the Gods; they are the form through which their love, power and blessings flood forth into the world.
Another way to explain icon worship is to acknowledge that Hindus believe God is everywhere, in all things, whether stone, wood, creatures or people according to them God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omnicient. So, it is not surprising that they feel comfortable worshiping the Divine in His material manifestation. The Hindu visualizes God in stone and water, fire, air and ether, and inside his own soul. Indeed, there are Hindu temples which have in the sanctum sanctorum no image at all but a yantra, a symbolic or mystic diagram. However, the sight of the image enhances the devotee worship.
The basic principles or the tenets of Hindu Philosophy states and reinstates that God is Infinite, all powerful, and exists everywhere. Hence to convince the common people, the great sages of ancient India, conceived the Infinite should be explained in Finite forms. They conceived the best such forms are human figures endowed with such qualities and powers as may be needed for achievement of specific activities in this world. Accordingly, even though God is unified Infinity, He is shown in the form of several deities in human forms each with the highest of power and qualities expected of human beings for specific activity. In the following the deities of Cincinnati Hindu temple are described explaining their status in Hindu Society and also the symbolic aspects they represent.
Chintaman Ganesh Temple at Ujjain
is dedicated to various gods which is but a common feature in India. In every state there are a number of temples, which are maintained properly years after years. In India the most part of total population irrespective of their caste and creed are religious and so all the temples are regarded as most sacred in India. The various temples are dedicated to various gods like there are Temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha
, Lord Shiva
Temples are also there, there are Hanuman Temples, Shakti Temples, Vishnu Temples, and Lord Surya
Temples. All the temples in India always reflect the religious as well as spiritual value of the devotees.
Lord Ganesha Temples
: These temples are regarded as holy places. Lord Ganesha is also called "Sidhdidata" as in India all good work starts with the name of Ganesha. Hence the Lord Ganesha temple stands as the insignia of religiosity in India.
Lord Shiva Temples
: Shiva is regarded as restorer and destroyer as the two sides of a coin. There are various temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. He is the part of Trimurty. Loads of people fast the whole day and offer puja on special days in Shiva Temples.
Lord Krishna Temples
: There are various temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and the most popular Iskcon Temples of today's time is one of them. Krishna is generally seen with Radha, his childhood love, they are usually remembered and worshipped as Radha-Krishna. The pair symbolizes the eternal love from ages.
Lord Hanuman Temples
: There are some temples, which are devoted to Hanuman the main follower of Lord Rama. Hanuman is renowned for bravery, courage, devotion, selfless service, power etc. that are admired by all his devotees. The men folk who want to be a bachelor offer Puja to this god and become his follower as well.
Lord Vishnu Temples
: Lord Vishnu Temples are very famous in India as this god is the part of Trimurty and various temples are there for Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu's preserving and protecting powers have been evidenced to the world in a variety of forms, called Avatars. There are many temples dedicated to these Avatars also.
Lord Brahma Temples
: The Temples dedicated to Lord Brahma are comparatively less in number. There is one or two temple in whole India. Brahma is the creator of Trimurty as well as he is the creator of the whole universe. The temple devoted to this god is admired by all in a great manner.