Vedic Influence in Hindu Temple Architecture Research Paper by Nicky

Vedic Influence in Hindu Temple Architecture
An examination of the influence of Vedic astrology and symbolism in Hindu temple architecture.
# 128259 | 2,132 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 08, 2010 in Architecture (Buildings) , Religion and Theology (Other)

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This paper offers an in-depth examination of Hindu temple architecture and construction, and its Vedic influences. The paper explains that temples are both a shaper and product of the culture that inspired them, and are meant for a specific purpose, connecting the occupant with some aspect of the divine. Vedic astrology and symbolism form the central theme of the temple, the paper notes, and have always been a central point around which activities revolved in Indian life. The paper points out that the ritual and construction of the temple is an integral part of Vedic tradition and philosophy, and the various parts of the temple are laid out with geometric precision; the measurements must be precise, as it is believed that imprecise measurements will cause any occupants to experience negative effects.


Sunnyvale Hindu Temple and Community Center
Formal Elements of the Temple and Their Significance
The Experience of the Temple
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"The Sunnyvale Hindu Temple is an excellent example of Vedic Architecture. The Inner sanctuary is laid out in precise relation to the vastu purusha compass. However, due to the enormity of the building and the detail inside, this is not evident while inside the building. It only becomes apparent when viewing a floor plan of the building. Exact measurements could not be taken of the building due to its scale. In addition, this activity may have been an insult to the occupants of the building. However, from the floor plan, one can see that it has the necessary elements described in the test."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kumar, N. The Hindu Temple - Where Man Becomes God" May 2003. Exotic Indian Art. <> (Accessed November 5, 2008).
  • Kumar, P., Rao, P., & Parthasarathy, R. A Synthesis of Styles Spanning Over Thousand Years. SSVT. (Accessed November 5, 2008).
  • Sriselvamsiddhar. Swamiji Sri Sri Selvam Siddhar (Dr Commander Selvam) About "Vedicastrology". October 5, 2008. Http://Sriselvamsiddhar.Blogetery.Com/ (Accessed November 5, 2008).
  • Sunnyvale Temple. (Accessed November

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