shankara temple

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a sacred space

The Golden ratio is a special number found by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part. It is often symbolized using phi, after the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet.

The Golden Section,  or Phi,  found throughout nature, also applies in understanding the relationship of God to Creation.  In the golden section, we see that there is only one way to divide a line so that its parts are in proportion to, or in the image of, the whole.

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  • The staircase walls that surround the center area of the front entrance are placed at the golden ratio point of the distance from the midpoint of the entrance
  • The entrance door to the top of the arched window are a golden rectangle
  • The height and width of the temple is based on a golden rectangle
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by an act of unimaginable grace

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His Holiness Sri Sri Tirtha blessed the plans for Shankara Temple on the farm Northridge in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Apart from some additions later on, the temple has been completed and the devotees are now able to bathe in the light of His Holiness Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha, Sri Adi Shankara, Sri Sharadamba and Lord Ganesha whilst they mediate the study.

We dedicate this temple and the little Tunga River, which has been constructed around it, to His Holiness to whom we offer our supreme love and devotion. In the book “Exalting Elucidations” of His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal there is a dedication which reads: “O Lord! We dedicate to You, with utmost reverence and humility, what is actually Yours.”

It is in this spirit that we offer this temple and its surrounds to our Guru, Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha of Sringeri.

Northridge, December 2013