Temple going is for the purification of the soul.
Outer walls-Painted Red & White in Hindu temples
In Southern India, the outermost walls of Hindu temples (exposed to the roads) are painted with white and red stripes (not exactly red… saffron).
What could be the reason?
I am not sure.
- It’s much easier to differentiate divine abode from human dwellings. This can also make the people keep the surroundings clean.
- Maybe red represents fire and white represent purity and in the temple, one burns desires and gain purity.
- A male and female have to unite to create a life (Parabrahman). Parabrahma thus constitutes two elements, a male sperm which is white in colour and a female egg which is pinkish-red. The place where Para Brahman resides in the temple (Garbha Gruha)-Sanctum Sanctorum (Divine unison)
- Saffron symbolises commitment and dedication towards spirituality and God-consciousness.
Why temple visit is part of Hinduism?
Devotees commune with God while worshipping and in the process are uplifted and receive the inner help to lead a positive and fulfilling life.
Here the true devotee receives the spiritual energy.
Thus, a temple visit is a spiritual experience that makes a person better
“I am satisfied that every man or woman who goes to the temple in a spirit of sincerity and faith, leaves the house of the Lord a better man or woman” Gordon B Hinckley
As you enter the temple…
Remember not to demand anything from Almighty.
“When going to the temple to adore divinity, neither say nor do anything in the interim about common affairs of life” Pythagoras
Thank you for your visit.
Take care, my friend.
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