Mandir

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Mandir means (gladdening) but is generally referred to a place where Hindus go to worship God in the form of various deities. Murtis help them to do this.

The Murtis are marble images ceremonially infused with the divine presence of god. They are daily worshipped with five artis and other ceremonies.

The Murtis[change | edit source]

Purpose[change | edit source]

Murtis answer prayers of the faithful and inspire spiritually.

Appearance[change | edit source]

They are sometimes abstract, but more often representations of God in a personal form like Shiva or Ganesh, Rama or Krishna, Saraswati, Vishnu, Brahma, Brahman or Kali. Murtis are made according to the prescriptions of the Silpasastra alloy Panchaloga, and then installed by priests through the prana pratishtha ceremony. Afterward the divine personality is present in the murti but in cases of serious discrepancies in worship may leave the form.

Method[change | edit source]

To show respect, Hindus give gifts and food to the murtis. They are treated with respect and are treated as part of the family. They are given clothes and are changed at certain times every day. Every time a Hindu walks past the murti, they stop to pray. They are also very powerful some people think that they are very holy.

Images of Hindu Temples[change | edit source]