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Hinduism; Place of Worship

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Here are some places of worship for Hindu people.

Worship at Home
In a Hindu home you will find a decorated shrine that serves as an alter for worship. Around the room are images of deities, they are in forms of framed pictures, copper or marble statues. These help the mind concentrate on the abstract ideals that the deities represent.
Form of worship at home: Puja.
This is like thanksgiving. Devotees place all of the offerings (flowers, fruits, incense sticks, water, milk, clarfied butter, and a lamp) on a tray near the shrine and present them to the deities at certain points in the worship. There are sixteen steps during a puja. It's normally on festival days and specail occasions.
  • Lamp is waved, called arati.
  • Singing hymns and verses of praise.
  • After final prayers, food offered is now considered blessed.

Worship in Temples
It is not a requirement to worship in temples. Normally you visit the temples furing festivals and special functions. In the temple, it is lead by a priest and his helpers. In the morning he rings the bell and offered food to the devotees. In the evening , devotees sing hymns and share in arati and prasad.
Many temples offer classes to children to teach them Hindu prayers and hymns, called bhajans.

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