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Hindu temples can be seen throughout the villages towns and cities of India a temple can be a simple structure by the side of the road or an entire complex of buildings regardless of its size the Hindu temple is essentially a dwelling place for the gods a principle deity resides at the heart of each temple like a king or queen in their palace other deities attendance and mythical figures can also be seen as part of the temple structure surrounding the temple our stalls selling offerings and souvenirs such as fruit flowers sweets and postcards the atmosphere around the temple is lively and boisterous the interior of a Hindu temple is not designed to hold large congregations worshippers come and go in small groups through a hallway leading to an inner sanctuary here the image or symbol of the main deity is located in an active temple statues of the deities are covered with Garland's and draped with rich fabrics above the sanctuary Rises a central tower often brightly painted the shape of the tower resembles the mythical mountain home of the gods other features of temples include sacred bathing ponds walled enclosures and gateways in a variety of shapes and sizes here at Madurai in southern India the gateways tower above the temple complex and are covered with statues some temples are no longer in active use at khajuraho in central india tourists now flocked to see celebrated images of gods and loving couples adorning the exterior walls in Cana Rock near the eastern coast are the remains of one of the largest temples ever built in India it was dedicated to the Sun God Surya boom the original Tower no longer survives and we can only imagine its size from the smaller buildings that still stand the immense variety of temples throughout India is the result of local styles and preferences and centuries of architectural developments each attest to the artistry of countless Mason's and sculptures the sculptures of deities seen in the Asian Art Museum were once part of an active Hindu temple they adorned the exterior walls interior spaces entrance ways high wall niches and inner sanctuaries ah guru you