Templogue

India has a rich heritage of temples from south to north and east to west. A Tamil proverb says DON’T LIVE IN A TOWN WHERE THERE IS NO TEMPLE.

A Sanskrit proverb says SEEING A TEMPLE TOWER GIVES YOU A 10 MILLION GOOD THINGS (Gopura dharsanam, Koti Punyam).

So going by this, we must have over 600,000 temples.

The number of Hindu temples in India is a puzzle. Nobody bothered to count them, because they are innumerable. Moreover Hindus are not that keen to record such immaterial things. But days are changing. Our children living in western countries ask such questions and embarrass us. My calculation shows that we have  a readily available list of 108,000 temples. But my guess is that we must have at least 600,000 temples !

India is an agricultural country. We have 638,000 villages, 5000 towns and 400 big cities. A Tamil proverb says DON’T LIVE IN A TOWN WHERE THERE IS NO TEMPLE. A Sanskrit proverb says SEEING A TEMPLE TOWER GIVES YOU A 10 MILLION GOOD THINGS (Gopura dharsanam, Koti Punyam). So going by this, we must have over 600,000 temples. My research into the Tribal people of India (I have a big collection of articles on Tribal Peoples of South India) shows that they have also got a place of worship.

State wise Percentage of Temples In India

Tamil Nadu
20%
Andhra pradesh
22%
Kerala
15%
Karnataka
20%
Maharashtra
24%
Mathura Vrindavan
2.5%
Himachal
1%

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