"Panch Mandir, Kapurthala, Punjab, India - a simple place of Hindu worship

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Unlike most of the  Hindu temples of south India where just one God or Goddess is worshiped in the sanctum, and all religious activities, rituals, festivals, etc are centered around it, here, in Kapurthala, there is a Hindu temple built by the Maharajah  Fateh Singh Ahluwalia that is dedicated to many Hindu gods and goddesses. Called "Panch Mandir, it is a  revered  and sanctified place for the Hindus in the state of Punjab and  is the legacy of generous  rulers of  Kapurthala kingdom of the past era.  As a matter of fact there are five different temples under one roof and each one is visible from outside the temple complex.  To countless Hindus, this place of worship is an epitome of eternal happiness and spiritual ecstasy.
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This stone structure in pure white looks very impressive and attractive at night when the moon light strikes on it. An important landmark in the city, lots of devout Hindus from other parts of Punjab come here to offer pujas, prayers  and to have their wish fulfilled. As the name suggests, the temple  has numerous shrines dedicated to numerous  Gods and Goddesses in the Hindu pantheon. All you have to do is to pray to the one that is close to your family deity. The big structure in the temple is the garbagriha/ sanctum  that is  encircled by many smaller  shrines.
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If you just take a look at this temple, it is architecturally simple. It has neither a  huge and tall tower/ gopura nor decorative entrance as one finds in south Indian temples.  Yet another surprise is the lack of  elaborate prakara or prthakshana path  around the sanctum and it is quite obvious that a particular temple architectural design is not followed here -  Dravida or Nagara or a mix of both or any other influence. Structurally, it is just personification of simplicity. The most important aspect of temple worship is, regardless of its  size and structural configuration, the aim of devotees is to concentrate on the main deity in the sanctum. The union of mind and soul is an integral part of  Hindu worship.