Planning to build a house close to a temple? There are a few things you need to consider before you go about doing it.
Your new home must be at least 50 meters away from the temple. Also, you have to keep in mind which deity resides in the temple close by.
Deities in temples fall under two different categories - satwika devas and roudra devas. While lord Siva, goddesses Bhadrakali, Yakshi et al are roudra devas, the avatars of lord Vishnu, goddess Saraswathi etc are satwika devas. Your new house needs to be on either the front or on the right side of the satwika devas. Meanwhile, if the temple near you has a roudra deva, you need to take care that the house is built on either the left side or behind the temple.
Why shouldn’t you built a house on a higher terrain than the temple?
Temples are built in such a manner that they can receive all off Sun’s energy, and then disseminate that energy for the welfare of the community around. The flagstaff, the dome and the like are part of the temple to make sure that this happens to perfection. However, if a house is built on a terrain that is higher than that of the temple, it could pose a hurdle to the sun’s energy from being channeled altogether to the temple.
Why is it that only temple employees, and not others, are permitted to stay close to the temple?
This is just a myth. Rules are the same for every individual. In olden days, aged devotees used to stay close to the temple just to make sure that the day-to-day affairs of the temple are carried out without any hassle. Temple rules and norms are the same for any individual and there isn’t any special consideration for temple employees.