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  Architecture and Symbolism

The main temple of Adyapeath is unique in both its architecture and its symbolism. Made of immaculate white marble, it is really three temples nestled inside one another.

The temple's symbolism denotes not only the unity of all aspects of the Hindu faith, but the unity of all religions toward a common goal: humanity's realization of God. Its spire combines Shiva's Trident, the Moon and Star, the Cross, and the Hand Fan--the symbols of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism respectively.

The Main Altar

Like the temple itself, the main altar also takes a very unusual configuration: three altars, one atop the other, like stairsteps.

On the bottom altar is a murthi of Sri Ramakrishna, with the word "Guru" inscribed nearby.

On the middle altar is a replica of the murthi of Adya Ma found by Annada Thakur in the Eden Garden. This murthi is made of eight metals. Nearby is inscribed "Knowledge and Work."

The Main Adyapeath Temple
The Tri Murthi
The topmost altar is adorned by the murthis of Radha and Krishna, known all over India as the Divine Couple. They are encircled by the sacred syllable om, and at their feet is inscribed the word "Love." Thus love is the foremost virtue and the clearest path to God.
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