sanctum sanctorum


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
The tradition of banning women from the sanctum sanctorum at the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra has been ages old but I do not believe it has any religious sanction.
Next day) On Friday, the thirteenth of dark fortnight in the month of Jyestha of Nepal Samvat 822, the purification of sanctum sanctorum and pedestal(as well) are performed.
The sanctum sanctorum of this processional was of course given over to the three equally monumental works of 1950 that mark the commanding summit of Pollock's pouring, spattering, drizzling, trailing, splashing, stabbing, lashing (but almost never dripping) technique: Autumn Rhythm: Number 30, 1950; One: Number 31, 1950; and the otherwise unnamed black skein of Number 32.
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.
Hefner, who rarely leaves the sanctum sanctorum of his Los Angeles mansion, said he would not be on hand.
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.
Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat also features a distinctive cel-shaded comic book art style that brings the characters to life, as well as a variety of challenging new stages, including The Helicarrier, Baxter Building, The Vault and Sanctum Sanctorum.
Patna: Security was beefed up in Bodh Gaya in Bihar after two cane bombs of high intensity were found near the Buddhist pilgrimage site on Friday evening, reminding the 2013 serial blasts which partially damaged the sanctum sanctorum of the Mahaboddhi temple.
The Temple sources, however, said the sportsperson was stopped twice by security personnel while trying to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and that she broke down while arguing with them.
If you are spiritual enough, go into the sanctum sanctorum of your home and heart where you have established your deities, close the door, and commune with them.
Later, sitting in straight rows on canvas mats in the vicinity of the sanctum sanctorum, everybody, high or low, young or old, ate to their fill, served from the community kitchen, organised by the local Kshatriya families who manage the affairs of the temple.