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A place of Hindu worship. (a ii) In the Mandir the most important person is the priest who is also the leader of that Mandir. The priest and his helpers are there to conduct the worship because only they can enter the holiest part of the temple, which is the shrine. The priest takes the gifts that people have brought and offers them to the image of the god. He will also ring some small bells to 'warn' the god that people are coming to worship. The image of the god is placed in the center of the shrine, which is made out of wood, stone or bronze. This is due to the rules from the Hindu holy books. It is believed that the image has within it the life force of the god it represents, which will have entered during a special ceremony conducted by a Brahmin priest. The image is treated specially and the priest conducts a daily ritual by taking care of the image as if it was alive. This means that the most important duty is also lead by the priest. ...read more.


When there is a festival, many families come together for ceremonies and people are able to meet their friends, exchange news and renew friendship. In this way the Hindu community meets the needs of its members. (b) 'You do not have to go to a Mandir to be a good Hindu.' For Hindus the family is the basic unit of Hindu society and its tradition. It is at home that children learn Puja, the rules of purity and paying homage to the elders. Puja and devotion at home are the main focus of devotion and Hindus learn at home from the pictures, images, stories and symbols of their faith. Most important rituals are performed at home so going to the temple is not necessary. Also children learn from taking part in rituals and observing from it. So worship in the home is important. People may only go to the temple on festivals but it does not affect their faith because according to a Hindu priest, there is no problem if you don't go to the temple because the main point in building a temple is to get peace. ...read more.


So the shape of temples are shaped like a mountain so it can be the best place for the gods to live on earth. Around the center shrine is a path, which worshippers can go around. The worshipper must go around three times and must go around on their right side so it will lead them the right way and clean their sin. In front of the right shrine is a linga; women will pour milk, yogurt and water because milk and water are the purist things in the world for Hindus. In the shrine of the sea god there is fishing net, it is because in the past Hong Kong had many fishermen and so people will come to worship the sea god to help them catch many fish. In the mandapa there is also a place where the priest does his teachings. There is a bed situated on the right side of the mandapa and next to it is something like a cradle where the Veda is put. The Veda contains 100,000 verses of god's teachings and how to worship. It is covered with cloth and taken out on Sundays where there is a big gathering and also on important festivals. ...read more.

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