How many Hindu temples exist in the Indian Subcontinent?
A simple answer to a seemingly preposterous question
India is a melting pot of various faiths. It is one of the largest countries whose maximum area is under multitudinous clergies. Hindus acquire the majority Tiara of India. So it won’t be a fallacy if I say that:-
India is a country of Temples
As far as the matter of exact statistics is concerned, there are official records keeping a count of temples. But official records have never been tautologies since ancient times.
Anyways, the innumeracy of temples can be approximated by the extant that there is around 1 temple per 1000 Indians. Till here is the answer of any layman, to whom you ask this question.
Now coming on to my views:-
Like our basic human rights, Hinduism gives us the liberty to worship anything of creation. Say, you want to worship a tree, you can. You want to worship your pet, you can.
The intent is not to worship the tree or your pet, but the one who has created them in their image.
The intent is to respect the creation; the inherent perfection in the blatant imperfection.
Yes…there are temples. But they are only a physical manifestation of how people want to perceive their gods. Heck! you can create your own temple…anywhere. And believe me…if your faith is pure…you will find peace.
मोको कहां ढूढे रे बन्दे
मैं तो तेरे पास में
ना तीर्थ मे ना मूर्त में
ना एकान्त निवास में
ना मंदिर में ना मस्जिद में
ना काबे कैलास में
मैं तो तेरे पास में बन्दे
मैं तो तेरे पास में
खोजि होए तुरत मिल जाउं
इक पल की तालाश में
कहत कबीर सुनो भई साधो
मैं तो हूँ विश्वास में
The translation of the aforementioned lines is as follows:-
Oh Follower, Where do you search me?
I am always with you
Not in pilgrimage, nor in statues
Neither in solitude
Not in temples, nor in the mosque
Neither in the Kabha nor in Kailash
I am with you, oh follower
Seek earnestly and you will discover me
In but a moment of search
Listen with care, says Kabir
Where your faith is, I am there.
If you are taking care of yourself, you are doing a service to God. Being selfish and being selfless, both are the ways to attain Moksha, because your karma is serving him.
So, again the question here is:
Why being selfish is then a sin and being selfless is pious?
The answer lies in the relativity of Karmas. If you are selfish…you are serving your body, thus serving the lord but your acts are also futile to others and the magnitude of that futility is outweighing your serving, making you a sinner. Overall, you are disrespecting the lord…the vice-versa applies to being selfless.
So, the overall conclusion is, “there are innumerous temples, not only in India but also in the world. Whatever our propensity and love serves, becomes our deity and our temple. And no-one posses the wisdom to give you a finite quantity for it”.
Originally posted on www.tellyourstories.in
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