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Temple visits in Hinduism- 12th April 2011(Ramnavmi)


Jagannatha Temple, RanchiYesterday, I remembered a practice followed in my family in my childhood. There was a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Jagannatha on the top of a hill about 3km from our house. We used to visit that temple at least once a month- on foot. This was an understanding that though transport was available, we will make that journey on foot only. The children got ready in the morning, put on our best clothes, picked up the best flowers from our garden and then walked to the temple and up the hill. We bought prasad for the deity and we, the children decided what to buy. No one objected to it.

So we proceeded to the sanctum and placed the offerings before the Lord and the pujari did the puja, while we admired the image of the Lord. Was it the image we were worshipping? No, if it was just the idol we were worshipping, we could not have felt the immense pouring of blessings and the calmness we experienced in the worship. We took the holy vibrations home.

How can we destroy all of this? Simple, just stop visiting temples. The modern pseudo-Hindus put forward many arguments which may seem valid. God lives in your heart, why visit temples? God is omnipresent, he does not live only in the temples. But is this a valid argument or just plain laziness which is speaking?

While I do not contend the argument that God is omnipresent and resides in our hearts, temple worship grants an aura of peace and sanctity which is so important for the evolution of man’s soul. With the daily worship and chanting of Veda-mantras, the auspiciousness of the place increases.

The temple is a micro-representation of the entire universe in which the image is the visible representation of the Virat form of God. True that God is omnipresent, but He allows himself to be worshipped in particular places, due to His extreme compassion and love for his devotees.

By stopping going to temples, we are ending one, great, spiritual practice- temple worship. This has a great potential to destroy the Hindu culture. Without this children are vulnerable to the religions with aggressive conversion policies. There is a simple four point formula to prevent our great culture from disappearing:

1. Temple visit at least once a month as a family.
2. Simple puja every day. At least bow to the deity in home before heading out and inculcate this practice in children.
3. Stories that are told in schools and the cartoons that children watch generally do not have any content about Hinduism. Tell the stories to children.
4. Study the ancient scriptures. They are much more than the Gita. Attempt to understand the upanishads.

Be proud to say that we worship God and the Gods. We object to the liberal Hindu propaganda which denies the existence of our Gods and installs its limited knowledge in their place.

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  1. sir .. wonderful post .. totally loved it .. keep posting !!

    Comment by Tushar | April 13, 2011 | Reply

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