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REL Project Paper 2 - My Visit to a Hindu Temple One cannot...

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My Visit to a Hindu Temple One cannot fully experience the practice of another religion until one attends a ceremony for that particular religion. Because I previously visited a Zen Buddhist Sangha, a few classmates and I decided we would visit a Hindu temple. After about 45 minutes and about six U-turns later, we arrived at the Hindu Temple on Greenland Road. Once we arrived, a lady from the Temple’s office escorted us to the “Shoe Room” where we would each store our shoes in “cubby box” type compartments. We were then escorted into the room where the services are held. The room was a large square with nine deities, each on their own platform. The one that held the most importance in the service had a plaque with “Shri Siddhi Vinayak” inscribed on it. The two deities on either side of this one were titled “Lord Venkateswara” and “Lord Shiva”. Prior to the service, we were able to ask Pandit Sri.Kadambi Srinathan ji, the Temple’s priest, a few questions. He informed us that deities (the nine displayed on the platforms) are not to be confused with Gods. The deities are “forms of the all-mighty” but not “Gods”. He made it a point to stress that, in Hinduism, God is not a person with a name, nor is God male or female. “God is everywhere,
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course REL 2300 taught by Professor Marytreyz during the Spring '08 term at UNF.

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