Temple architecture in Sanatana Dharma (Hindu)

Author : Rami Sivan

The human body is the temple for the Indwelling Spirit of God (Antaryāmin). So the temple as the body of God on earth is a similitude to the human body.

All the various parts of the temple structure correspond to various parts of the human body. The temple is the physical body which houses the presence of God. So the actual building of the temple itself is a symbol of the presence of God in the world.

The temple with all its intricate imagery represents the universe in all its variety and just as on the macrocosmic scale the universe is thebody of the Lord so on a microcosmic scale when the icon represents the manifested Lord; the temple is His Body.