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Describe the part that art and music plays in the worship and spiritual life of Hinduism

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Describe the part that art and music plays in the worship and spiritual life of Hinduism Art and Music are used in many religions to help people worship and become more spiritual. In Hinduism both allow the worshipper to show their love, devotion and appreciation to God. This is known as Bhakti, which is a word of Sanskrit origin. Both art and music play essential roles in Hindu worship and spiritual life. Art and music are seen as forms of praying and worship which therefore leads to the communication with your atman (soul), being able to link to God/Brahman (the ultimate power) and a forceful and effective way of rousing. Hinduism is a term that covers many different ideas and practices. It is better known as a way of life that has developed over thousands of years. Not all Hindus believe in the same thing or worship in the same way. Therefore people use art and music in different ways to worship their deities. Music and art play main parts in the worship and spiritual life of all devout Hindus. ...read more.

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Every one of the gods has a unique form, which in some cases links to the story that is associated with that one particular god. The image of a god is not just a statue or a picture; through the worship of the god, the power of god enters their minds. This is, therefore, why many Hindus travel long distances just for a glance of their icon. They believe that though the artistic representation of a god, the divine enters it and enters the life of a Hindu. Hindus offer prayers by way of Darshan to the gods by leaving offerings in front of the murtis. These offerings may be food, milk, flowers or even money. Darshan is the most important form of worship because it involves the inner self bonding with god. Hindus use murtis, mandala or yantra (geometric designs which act as tools in enhancing concentration and meditation), mehndi, rangoli and symbols, which are all forms of art, as ways of communicating with god and expressing love and devotion towards Brahman. The statues are known as Murtis and come in many sizes and shapes, all decorated in the most vibrant, elaborate colours, and dressed in authentic colourful clothing. ...read more.

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Mandirs were also great places of performing arts. Mandirs always supported the performing and teaching of devotional song and instrumental music. Mandirs also promoted traditional and devotional dances. The tradition of music and dance was developed in the mandir and then spread out into the wider culture. The mandir was universally accessible. People from all backgrounds and places came to experience the painting, music and dance. Without mandirs these traditional arts would be forgotten and music and art would not be used in worship to this day. Art and music both play a significant role in helping Hindus identify their true, inner self; otherwise known as Atman. Art and music both spiritually bridge the connection between the humans and the divine. Hindus use art to see the living god in their murtis and symbols. Mehndi and rangoli are ancient art traditions taken from Hindu history and still followed today. Dance acts as form of worship during special occasions like Divali and weddings. Music is equally significant during worship and building the spiritual beliefs. It is rooted in bhajans and mantras. Music arouses devotion and love for god through powerful rhythm and beat. Hindus use art and music in their lives every day to enable them to the Atman's ultimate journey to Brahman. ...read more.

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