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The architecture & features of a place of Hindu worship

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THE ARCHITECTURE & FEATURES OF A PLACE OF HINDU WORSHIP There are many different places of Hindu worship and each one has its own special or unique features but there are certain features that are present in all places of worship. Hindus go to worship god at many different mandirs or they worship god in their own home, in the ghar mandir. All types of mandirs whether they're traditional or not, are special. Murtis are essential in a mandir. The murtis are the statues of god, which have a godly presence in them, and of course without god there would be no point in having a place of worship. In all mandirs, people, to show respect to god, must observe silence. This is apart from when artis are being done. In all traditional temples there are great architectural features. Most traditional temples are very appealing to tourists, mainly because of they a built up. Traditional mandirs are usually made up of pieces of carved marble or stone. They have murtis made of carved marble as well sometimes. Most of these traditional types of mandirs are found mainly in India. An example of a traditional temple in the U.K is the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London (biggest outside India). ...read more.

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They don't have greed and they lead pure and simple lives. With the importance of their own worshipping comes the importance of giving the devotees regular speeches so that the devotees can lead similar lifestyles to theirs. However devotees wouldn't lead lives as pure as them because there are many things influencing them, such as television. Mandir leaders can help one to attain moksha. One of the main jobs of mandir leaders is to make sure that we are not influenced greatly by some things. To make sure of this they give us daily tips on what is right and what is wrong. By doing this they not only help us in leading better-influenced lives but by doing it they fulfil one of their functions of teaching others the right religious beliefs. The saints are always there when needed to give advice or to tell us the right things to do. The saints often tell us religious stories that have morals or meanings, so that we can use them in our lives and use them as examples of what we should do. The teachings from the saints usually come from holy books. The saints often teach us not to treat others, as you would like them to treat you and also not to be selfish. ...read more.

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With the mandirs being there it gives a reason to go out on a weekend day. This can give us an extra outing and the prospect of worshipping god may me more enjoyable to us. The mandirs and the temples have a function of filling us with enlightenment. When we see the features inside these mandirs we often fall in awe and astonishment, as they are so beautiful. When we visit a mandir we often leave filled with plenty of enlightenment and wisdom. This enlightenment or wisdom comes from either the leaders of the mandir or by us seeing the murtis and all the wonderful features. This enlightenment that we attain can make us want to visit the mandir and to worship god more often. In a way the mandir has the function of making sure that we do worship and pray to god. I think that without mandirs in the world, our lives would be very dull and our lives wouldn't be fulfilling. The mandirs give a place for people to celebrate a major festival and also a place for people to go to get away from the rest of the outside world. You can go to a mandir to attain inner peace and excelling on the great spiritual path, which leads to god. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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