Temple are homes of Gods. Temples are sacred places.
Hindus go to the temple to worship a particular form of God.
Many temples have a brass bell hanging near the entrance, which devotees ring before entering the temple.
Paying obeisance in the form of bowing down and touching the head to the ground is routinely observed.
It’s a practice to bring a flower, fruits or any other offerings to God, though it is not required.
“Temple going is for the purification of the soul” Mahatma Gandhi
Hindus worship by meditating, praying and celebrating festivals at home or in temples.
The purpose of worship in the temple is to have a darshan(or see) the idol of God and Goddesses. Prayers and Hymns make the devotee experience the divine presence and blessings.
“Dear God, today I woke up, I’m healthy, I’m alive. Thank you. I apologize for all my complaining. I’m truly grateful for all you have done” Unknown
A gopuram is a monumental tower at the entrance of Hindu temples, predominantly seen in South India.
The tower is ornate and has an odd number of Kalasa (metal or stone spire) on top.
The tower may have one or many storeys.
The Gopuram constitutes multiple coloured statues of various Gods and vahanas (mount or vehicle of Deities).
Dwajastambam (A long pillar like structure) is a flagstaff.
It is located between Gopuram and Mahamandap (Main Hall) with vahana (Mount) of the concern deity of the temple.
Worshipping at Dwajastambam is a must before entering the Sanctorum sanctum.
One must touch the Dwajastambam and do Namaskara (the word NAMASKARA means “I bow you” or “I bow to the divinity in you”).
‘Namaste’ is a non-contact form of respectful greetings, where the head is slightly bowed and both hands pressed together and palms touching and fingers pointing upwards thumbs close to the chest.
“Namaste is a term that finds its origin in India means, the God in me salutes the God in you. This means that every human being has a God in her or him. I wonder where in time we forgot this wisdom and started treating fellow human beings as untouchables and backward classes.”
With Corona pandemic dominating the world and social distancing becoming a ‘Norm’…Greeting people via Namaste has gained popularity.
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