I seem to landing on controversies when I start writing in detail. I have written on Temple construction History. I have mentioned that temple Worship is not mentioned in the Vedas. A reader had sent me information that it is a part of Atharva Veda,called Stapatya Veda. There are articles by eminent people like Sri.Ganapathy … Continue reading Temple Construction Pdf Texts Not Veda Upa Veda Temple Construction 3
However,the Puranas and Smritis refer to temple construction. It may be noted that the Smritis do not have the same authority as Vedas. Smritis are traditions being followed. In case of conflict between Veda and Smritis,Vedas are the deciding authority.
Sage Viswamitra banished his sons to Dravida Desa. Their descendant Apasthamba codified Vedas,incorporating some best practices of Tamils and formed the Apasthamba Sutra.
'Agnimele Purohitham' For the Bramins Agni and worship of Agni is special. The Aupasna Fire(Ritual Fire0 )hat is kept at Home is carried for generations, being transferred from Father to Son and the Agnis is not to be put off. Though there are many Gods are praised in the Vedas, Agni has priority. But worship of other Gods, though mentioned in the Vedas and Suktas are in the Vedas n praise of them they take a second place. But the term Sanatana Dharma is not to be confused with Vaidika. Vaidika refers to the worship of a particular entity(Agni), Sanatana Dharma refers to the whole systems of Indian Thoughts which includes Fire worship. When one reads the Vedas , he will find that the Vedas have Samhitas, Hymns for worship for Gods. But the procedures are found, as we find them today. Where do these procedures come from? And from whom? It is believed that the practices are from Smrtis,(Recollections) for Individual Discipline and Agamas, for Collective worship. Two points are worth the mention.
This is a later development as prescribed by The Agamas. "The Hindu temple typically involves a multiple set of ideas. ..... The temple is generally oriented to face East, the auspicious direction where the sun rises to dispel darkness... The temple design includes the archetypal image of a Cosmic Person spread out yogi-like, symmetrically filling the gridded space of the floor plan, his navel in the center, and it includes the archetype of the cosmic mountain, between earth and heaven, of fertility, planets, city of the gods, deities, etc.). One encounters these simultaneous archetypal themes and meanings conveyed (and hidden) in the semi-abstract forms in many Hindu temples. There are rules of shape and proportion in the authoritative texts of Hindu tradition, the Agamas.