Heritage Sites and Sacred Spaces
Heritage Sites & Sacred Spaces
THE TEMPLE is a creation of an open Culture that recognizes and understands the diversity of people’s approach to the Supreme GODHEAD. The origin of the Temple is rooted in a culture that accepts ‘change’ as inherent to progress. The ‘temple’ of the Vedic times was the Yaaga Shala, the elements and Mother Nature. As the wheels of time turned it added the temple of today. Indian culture stands unbroken and connected for thousands of years bringing forward time-tested practices and wisdom for centuries.
Indian culture recognizes that we are a part of all creation; plants, animals, the elements and the entire Universe. The, Vedas, Upanishads, Ithihasa Puranas, the Bhagavad Gita, and Smritis contain the earliest messages for preservation of environment and ecological balance. The philosophy of the rishis was born of deep meditation, research and understanding and not a superstitious primitive theology. The forests were their laboratory of learning and Mother Nature their teacher. Now is the time to bring forward the wisdom of the ancients that had established the harmony of man and nature.
The Heritage Drive will take the participants to ancient Heritage Spaces and sites that have withstood the travails of time and every stone in these temples have a story to tell. These temples are works of great art commitment and culture. The architecture and the finesse of work is beyond words.
Temples were the center of community life serving several purposes besides being places of spiritual wealth. They were the seat of knowledge, learning, architecture, visual & performing arts. The temples being the hub of life also served as centers for solving judicial disputes.
Many temples had healers and were a place for the hungry to satiate themselves with the tasty Prasadam that is served.
Many temples today need to go back to their roots and become the hub of LIFE.