Hindu Temple Visit

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Hindu Temple Visit

Ramirez, Andrea
REL 2011
Fall 2013
Florida International University
Shiva Vishnu Temple.
Hindu Temple based on Vaasthu and Agama Shaastras
Date visited: 09/08/2013. Abhishekam to Ganesha

Hinduism is considered the world’s oldest religion; although, it might be more accurate to call it “a way of life” or a philosophy instead of a religion. Hinduism is incredibly diverse and it is deeply tied to the people and culture in India. It does not have a single founding figure, neither has a "church" or institution to ensure its application, and no single holy text like other religions, but several. Hinduism is characterized by the belief in reincarnation, one absolute being of multiple manifestations, the law of cause and effect, and the desire for liberation from the cycle of birth and death. It is globally accepted as a polytheistic religion; however, many Hindus believe in one supreme and ultimate being named Brahman. Hinduism personalizes Brahman in three main deities: Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Hindu temples are built to worship God and Gods, through offerings, rituals and prayers. Worship is primarily individualistic rather than congregational, and also it can be practiced every day, there is no a particular day to go to the temple. The reason for attending the Hindu temple is to visit a particular Deity, in order to receive her or his great blessings. The Hindu temple is a special space where we can experience the Divinity.
I had the chance to visit the Hindu temple located in Southwest Ranches, Florida. I have a prior knowledge of Hinduism, but I have never gone to a temple before. I called to the temple days prior to my visit, and explain to them that I was very interesting in knowing more about their culture and religion, which is “a way of life”. He suggested that the day of my visit I should look and feel my best, because it…...

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