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Top Ten Tantra Temples


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Top Ten Tantra Temples
Top Ten Tantra Temples

Lord Shiva in his 'Ardha-narishvara,' half male-half female manifestation

The followers of the tantra path attach more significance to some particular Hindu temples. These are not only important for tantriks but also for people of the "bhakti" tradition. In some of these temples "bali" or ceremonial sacrifice of animals is carried out even today, while in others, like the Mahakaal temple of Ujjain, ashes of the dead are used in the "aarti" rituals; and tantrik sex attained inspiration from the ancient erotic carvings on the temples of Khajuraho. Here are the top ten tantrik shrines, some of which are prominent "Shakti Peethas" or places of worship consecrated to the Goddess Shakti, the female half of Lord Shiva.
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