Ekabera

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Ekabera literally means ‘solitary murti’.

Classification of Temples

Temples of Viṣṇu are sometimes categorized into two groups:

  1. Ekabera temple
  2. Bahubera temple

Ekabera Temples

In the ekabera temples, there will be only one (= eka) permanent murti (= bera). No goddesses (consorts) like Srīdevī and Bhṅdevī or the utsava-murti will be present. Worship is offered to the single deity in the temple. The term ekbera does not apply to the parivāra-devatās or attendant deities, which may be installed in the appropriate places.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore