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

Hindu worship.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Hindu worship. Hindu Worship is known as puja. It is carried out in the home of Hindus before a shrine, or in the Hindu temple, which is known as a mandir. Hindu worship involves all five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing, and also what Hindus consider to be the five basic elements: light, fire, earth, air and water. Hindus wash thoroughly before prayers at home. ...read more.

Middle

These marks are called tilaka and are also worn by Hindu priests and Hindu women. Offerings of food and flowers are now made to the images. The offering of food is made because the gods provide people with all their needs. The offerings of flowers are a sign of respect and worship. Incense is burnt before the image and a bell is rung. Both of these show the respect of the worshipper and announce the presence of the god. ...read more.

Conclusion

and a pot of water. The lamp is circled three times in front of the image in a clockwise direction. The priest then scatters holy water over the worshippers, while they sing hymns to the gods. The blessings of the Arti lamp are shared by the congregation. They make an offering on the tray. They pass their hands over the light, then over their eyes and hands, symbolically receiving the blessings of God. In Mandirs in Britain it is usual to share food at the end of worship and even for all the worshippers to join in a meal. ...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. A Place of Hindu Worship - Describe the main features of a specific place ...

    is blown which symbolises the atmosphere, and it holds the fifth symbol, water. Whilst performing arati, mantras are sung accompanied by tambourines, triangles and other instruments. Often people start to dance as the worship gets livelier.

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

    Attracting over a million pilgrims every year, the city lives and breathes traditional Hindu religion and culture. What Varanasi offers is life itself, in myriad hues like the changing face of its ghats (river landings) with shifting rays of light.

  1. Attacks on religious minotirties in Bangaladesh

    They are divided on this topic. Solutions: 1. It is the responsibility of the majority to nation. engage the minorities on different levels and endear them to the mainstream of the nation. 2. Also, it is the responsibility of the majority population to provide space for preserving the unique identities of the minority sections.

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

    Nothing from the pediment remains from the Temple of Apollo so it is unknown and open to speculation what was depicted on it. An archaeologist unearthed a sculpture that may have come from the metope of the Temple of Apollo.

  1. Is the Parthenon a Typical Doric Temple?

    their past and that it had not been an easy accomplishment to get to where they were now. The Athenians would have to honour and remember all the people that had died during the period when Athens was coming to its most influential peak.

  2. Compare and contrast the iconography and mythology of at least two major Hindu deities.

    Although Shiva's manifestations as a human are rarer than Vishnu's, he is often seen as Rudra, the Vedic god of the wilderness and is known for his wrathfulness so he tends to stay away from the human world, dwelling in the atmosphere of which he is a popular deity.

  1. Describe the part that art and music plays in the worship and spiritual life ...

    The murtis do not have any likeness of any earthly form but are instead fantastic artistic forms intended to present divine realities. With a mixture of human realities and divine qualities they are seen as a way to stretch the human imagination towards what is divine and therefore enable to focus on a spiritual level.

  2. Select and Describe and Explain the importance of Hindu Worship in the Temple

    There aren't many denomination differences in the way mandirs are built but the shape and layout of mandirs differ between the north and south of India. The main purpose of the mandir is to provide a house for the deities so the centre of the mandir is the inner sanctum where the images of the deities are kept.

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