Mandirs are considered to be potent locations of invoked divinity. A mandir houses a murti or several murtis, which are physical figures and embodiments of divine qualities.


Some cultural and artistic activities that happen in mandirs are traditional Indian dances, Hindu classical music concerts, etc. 

Mandirs are often locations of traditional dance and music classes and performances. They are also historically where many poets and writers composed their works, and where great philosophical debates would take place. Weddings and other ceremonies, as well as large festivals, also take place at mandirs.

Certain mandirs have pillars that can rotate while providing a stable foundation for the mandirs. Other mandirs have been elaborated carved out of a single rock. 

Murtis can embody a plethora of divine qualities such as virtue, honesty, compassion, wisdom, etc.

While mandirs are places of worship, mandirs serve as a diverse center where art, science, and many intellectual topics may also be taught. It is a hub of knowledge while also being a place of worship.

Apart from serving as a cultural center, Mandirs are also spiritual centers, spirituality is strengthened by a set of practices, Mandirs tend to have meditation halls where a person can calm his mind, devoid of external distractions and focus on himself or divinity. It also has specific rituals called “puja” where people can devote their mind towards divinity.

Each Mandir is governed by a set of directives that is passed on through sacred texts called “agamas’ ‘, these typically include what kind of practices take place specific to the murti of god, the mandir is dedicated too.

Some mandirs have female priests, where the agamas of that temples have suggested so.

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