Temple or Mandir is a holy place for Hindus for performing prayers to the Hindu Gods. In India it is believed that without a temple, a town or a village is not considered as complete for residing. The Mandir is considered as a home of God, or the particular Deity. In a temple the idols of a deity or deities are installed after performing pujas as per Vedas. This puja is called as Murti Sthapana. All the temple activities revolve around the sacred idol installed upon the altar.
For each temple a priest or group of priests is appointed who perform puja at the temple daily as per Hindu traditions. One of the main purposes of the temple is to create a spiritual atmosphere so that the devotees can seek blessings from almighty. Temples vary considerably in size, beginning with tiny outdoor shrines and humble village Mandirs. The larger temples are elaborate with a large number of priests living within or nearby. The temple of Balaji in Tirupati is considered to be the largest, with a total staff of over 6,000.
There are a number of architectural styles, but the chief ones are North Indian (Nagara) and the South Indian (Dravida). Details for temple construction are laid out in certain scriptures such as the Vastu-shastra and the Shilpa-shastra. Most of the temples are built with money collected from the devotees and such donations are considered as pious.
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