• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyse and Explain the role and function of Mandir in the local Hindu community.

Extracts from this document...


a) iii) Analyse and Explain the role and function of Mandir in the local Hindu community. A mandir is a place for worshippers to go to experience a spiritual atmosphere for daily puja. The Mandir is ideal for everyday worship because it is very peaceful, making it easier to concentrate on loving God. Also, the Mandir is the abode of the God or Gods it is built for, so it can earn worshippers spiritual merit when they experience darshan, the feeling of awe of simply being in the presence of God. The mandir is an important part for many bahkti yogis, because their path of devotion can receive aid in the mandir through the advice of the priest. Mandirs are a place to go for prayer, worship, and spiritual merit. simply being in the presence of the murti or God is enough to earn good karma. Darshan is a good way of gaining karma. ...read more.


The priest also should also know how to read Sanskrit, so he can read out the Vedas and holy texts for worshippers to listen and learn. Mandirs are there to keep the traditions and beliefs of Hinduism going. worship is not the only way of keeping Hinduism alive- there are also lessons in held in the temple to encourage the continuity of the religion. In Hong Kong, These lessons include Sanskrit, cooking, and yoga. All these things will lead to a better and deeper understanding of the Hindu faith, encouraging and ensuring the passing on of the generation of the religion. The Mandir is also an important source of education. It is said that although school is for the mind's education, but the mandir is for the education of the soul; there are vital things that are not paid attention to in school but are emphasised on in Mandirs. Adults and children alike can both seek help from the priest at the mandir about moral and ethical problems and questions. ...read more.


This is a big problem, because one of the four aims of life, kama, is to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life. The Hong Kong mandir tries to bring this back into the lives of Hong Kong's Hindu community by organising group dinners and meetings, so that the Hindus in Hong Kong can have a bit of fun once in a while. Most importantly, the Hong Kong Mandir brings the Hindu Gods from India to Hong Kong. When certain Hindus need to move out of India for business or other reasons, especially the Vaishyas, who must travel a lot on business, they will want a place to continue their religion and way of life, to fulfil their Sanatana Dharma. The when temples are built, homes for the Gods are built, and this brings another holy structure into another unholy part of the world- another pure lotus flower in a sea of dirty water. Ronald Wai Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hinduism section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hinduism essays

  1. To what extent were the builders of the Erechtheion successful in solving the problems ...

    Normally a woman's hair in ancient Greece was worn down as it was modest however the maidens' hair is worn down, this is for structural purposes. The neck of the maiden would be too weak to keep up the structure above them, thus the extra hair added to the strength.

  2. Describe a visit to a Hindu place of pilgrimage, explaining its importance to believers.

    Originally, Ganges was actually a Goddess called Ganga who was the mistress of all the Gods until a human king, Bhagiratha was allowed to bring her down to earth in the form of a River to free the souls of the sons of King Sagara from their ashes in Hell.

  1. A Place of Hindu Worship - Describe the main features of a specific place ...

    The first is fire. A Ghee lamp with five lights is waved in front of the shrine. When people enter the shrine they walk around it clockwise, offering prayers to the murtis. Incense and flowers are offered representing the earth, a fan is waved symbolising the air, a conch shell

  2. Describe a visit to a Hindu place of pilgrimage, explaining its importance to believers.

    Godavari Kaveri The most sacred of these is the Ganges and thousands if Hindus travels to Northern India to places like Hardwar, Varanasi or Allahabad to bathe in the Ganges. There are more than 64,000's of pilgrimages in India. Varanasi is the one of the oldest living cities in the world.

  1. Attacks on religious minotirties in Bangaladesh

    Terrorist Attacks: About 23 instances of gang attacks upon minority communities have been reported in different newspapers. These involved acts of arson, destruction of property, robbery and attacks. The following are a few examples of such terrorization of the minority communities.

  2. Why is the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae an interesting building?

    This could symbolise civilised Man being victorious over barbarity. ^ This is still the same subject but a different scene. It depicts Herakles attacking the Amazon Queen. The Greeks were particularly proud of having a half God on their side in battle.

  1. Is the Parthenon a Typical Doric Temple?

    a temple They were Prostyle rather than inantis, which meant that in an ordinary temple where the porches were formed by rather large extensions of the side walls, with a pair of columns in between. In the Parthenon the extension of the side walls was relatively short, and the porch

  2. Ancient Egyptian Religion.

    The activities of the temple revolved around the worship and celebration of the god through an image or statue. Temples were also used for religious festivals, which involved processions with the god transported on a barque, a scale model of a boat carried aloft on poles.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work