Temple Tales

This is an excellent compilation of stories relating to temples of India, from how the temple came to be formed with a mythological story invariably tied to it. The author then goes on to talk about all aspects relating to that temple including the main deities, the offerings provided, the rituals, the food, dances, arts, folklores, sculptures, colours etc. There are stories on how the Jagannath Temple in Puri came into being, or the story behind the modak at Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi or why a Hidimba Devi temple is situated in a forest in Manali. There are also short stories on the architectural marvels like the Sun temple in Konark, the Hampi grandeur, the magnificent Ellora temple in Aurangabad. Stories behind the Shekawati paintings at Raghunathji Mandir, Sikar, Rajasthan to the Picchwai painting at the Nathdwara temple etc. to animals, vehicles, birds, forests galore. The author has meticulously put together this collection, which is quite humongous because she has covered the length and breadth of the country, not sure, if she has travelled to all these places or referenced it, in either case, it is quite an awesome effort. After reading this book you will become aware of the rich spiritual history of India. Goodreads 5/5

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