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A 'Mandir' is Hindus' temple.

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Section A A 'Mandir' is Hindus' temple. It is a holy place where people worship God, as the Mandir is the house of God. In India it is sometimes called the 'land of temples' as Mandirs are situated everywhere, The Mandir is often the most noticeable buildings in a village, made of brick and is brightly painted and decorated with images of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. This is in an area in the Mandir, which have many murtis; this is where Hindus pray for God's blessings. In Britain there are some Mandirs that were old buildings which where unused or plain halls, so they where purposely made them get converted into a nice new temple. Th The porch As you enter the Mandir, the first room you come to is the porch. The porch is one of the main featured of the Mandir because it has a religious meaning and also symbolises many things. It is the place to remove and keep your shoes and wash your hands. This is done as a sign of respect to God and also for hygiene reasons. By removing your shoes and washing ones hands, you are removing physical dirt before you enter the Mandir. ...read more.

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It is a visual reminder to the Hindu community of god's eternal company. Around the shrine are walkways. They are also known as passages of procession. They are to enable the worshippers to show respect by walking around the Gods/Goddesses, in order to gain their blessings. This circling motion also reminds Hindus that God is central to their life. In the centre of the shrine are statues of the Hindu Gods/Goddesses. They are called murti. They are dressed in rich red and gold robes. Some of these made from fresh flower petals. The robes are sacred as they signify the power. Often multiple heads and arms are used. This is to describe super-human qualities such as supreme power; supreme might and super creative ability. Hindus treat all the murtis with respect. Hindus believe that there is one God, Brahman. He is believed to be universal. The other deities are different aspects of Brahman. They help worshippers imagine God, which helps them focus on worshipping. There are three main aspects of God, which are the most important Gods. They are representing in a triangle. It is called the Trimurti. Some of the murtis in the shrine Ganesh Hanuman Durga The holy book (Vedas) The holy book that is in the Mandir is kept in a bookstand in the shrine room near the God's. ...read more.

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The offerings must be vegetarian as Hindus believe in reincarnation and also that's all life is sacred. The lamps (divas) Divas (dipa) are found in front of most shrines. It is a small light representing knowledge and the presence of God. They symbolise goodness over evil and the purity, and knowledge over ignorance. It is also a reminder that God tell the minds of those who turn to him. In arti divas are used to light up the tray whilst it is near a God to be blessed. To gain blessings Hindus pass their hand over the Divas to gain blessings. The incense sticks Near the shrine there is Incense. The smell of Incense is believed to please the deities and purify the air. The Incense creates an atmosphere of holiness and grace and turns the worshippers thoughts on God. They also are to please the deities and to purify the air. The bell The bell is found in front of the shrine. It is rung to attend the singing of hymns, the mantras or prayers. It reminds Hindus to start all five senses in worship, include hearing. The bell is also rung when the worshippers enter the Mandir in order to let the Gods/Goddesses know that they are there and to remind the worshipper to wholly on God. The bell is made of steel. It is rung before the puja ceremony. ...read more.

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