sanctum sanctorum


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sanctum sanctorum

1. The innermost or holiest place of a tabernacle or temple, the “holy of holies.”
2. Any especially private place or retreat which may not be entered except by special permission.
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But in the sanctum sanctorum of the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and other central banks and the International Monetary Fund, there is a growing fear that the wheels may be coming off.
Harvard refused to open the sanctum sanctorum, and in 1992 Bell relinquished his own tenured post in protest.
You have been permitted access to the sanctum sanctorum, even though outside the complex you are just another Republican dweeb, attacked by the media, demonized by the popular culture.
The Chief Minister examined area of the sanctum sanctorum, resting place, Swamy's Pushkarini, Shiva Temple, etc.
But it was business as usual for the pandas (temple priests), herding hundreds of devotees into the temple precincts and guiding them through the rituals inside the garva griha (sanctum sanctorum) where the presence of the idol-trio of Sri Jagannath, Balaram and Shubhadra -- the revered Hindu deities in this eastern Indian state of Odisha -- evoked a trance-like state of belligerence from the worshippers.
Meanwhile, Bruce Banner, aka Hulk, has made his way to earth and ends up in Sanctum Sanctorum, which houses Dr Strange and Wong.
A Hindu priest (right) hugs a Dalit devotee after carrying him on his shoulders into the sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Ranganatha temple in Hyderabad yesterday.
Naturally, the elevator took yonks to come and we were at the door of the sanctum sanctorum. It is a long corridor and everyone in their offices looked away, which did not bode well.
The rituals began around 10.15 am on Friday when the chief priest of the Attukal Bhagavathi Temple lit the makeshift stove with fire brought from the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
The Bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) plea filed by activist Vidya Bal and Advocate Nilima Varta seeking the entry of women, in not just the temple but also the sanctum sanctorum of the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra.
The temple has a dome-shaped sanctum sanctorum. It was built with stone, mortar and mini-sized bricks during the Islamic era, according to the priest, Surinder Kumar, who is in his late seventies.