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Hindu Places of Worship

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Abigail Thompson

on 11 July 2013

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How do Hindus worship
at home?
Rooms and architecture
Architecture
Worship Clothing
Most Hindus worship in shrines while at home (A shrine can be anything: a room, a small altar or simply pictures of statues or the deity.)
Usually, Hindus do not wear shoes inside, in order to keep the home pure and sanctified.
The shrine often contains images of the family's chosen deity, either as a framed picture or in the form of a murti.
Features of a Mandir
Some of the main features
of a Mandir are...
In some homes, all food is offered to the deities before eating.
Family members often worship together.
Rituals should be strictly performed three times a day.
Some Hindus, but not all, worship wearing the sacred thread (over the left shoulder and hanging to the right hip). This is cotton for the Brahman (priest), hemp for the Kshatriya (ruler) and wool for the Vaishya (merchants).
Hindu temples have evolved over 2000 years, so there is a wide variety. The temples in southern India have a distinct difference to the ones in Northern India, but they still have a lot in common. Most temples have many distinct features, but they can come in all shapes and sizes.
Some architecture styles include:
Contemporary
Māru-Gurjara
Gadag
Kalinga
Badami Chalukya
Dravidian
Nagara
By Abigail Thompson, Shannon Roberts, Kayleigh Harrison, Abbie Lowe and Alice Bayes 9Y1
Hindu places of worship
Basics
A Hindu temple is called a Mandir.
Unlike other organised religions, in Hinduism it is not mandatory for followers to visit the temples. Most Hindus only visit the temple on special occasions or festivals. They don't play a crucial role in marriages and festivals, but they are a meeting place for Hindus to visit and worship with each other.
•A rack for shoes (manned in bigger Mandirs),
•The fragrance of incense,
•Main hall – temple room,
•Bell for ringing upon entry,
•Pictures/Posters of saints, deities and associated stories,
•Hindu symbols,
•Musical instruments,
•Sacred books,
•Shrines (main one at the front, and smaller ones at the sides),
•Donation box before the shrine,
•Images of Gods - Murtis (within the shine areas),
•Holy water in a bowl near the altar (Charanamrita),
•Sacred food – Prasada (sacred food handed to worshippers at the altar, or as they leave),
•Priest/s,
•Kitchen with a dining area,
•Auditorium (for music, drama, dance and cultural performances),
•Shop selling religious artefacts, books, etc.
•The temple’s administrative office.
Green is not a creative colour
I USE MY HAIR TO EXPRESS MYSLEF
THE END
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