Why Do Hindu Temples Appear
Not to be Holy?
To the Hindu mind religion
and life are not separate, just as God and Nature are one. A Hindu
temple includes life and people along with the Gods and gurus. It is
not an austere or puritanical monument to a belief, but an
expression of life in all of its richness and abundance.
Therefore it includes art
work, paintings and sculptures of all kinds. It includes music and
dance and the temple itself is a place where various festivals
occur. It has a place for animals like elephants, monkeys, cows or
peacocks. It has incense, lamps, flowers and generally a water tank
for ritual bathing.
Even food and sweets are
there. It is a place not only for adults but also for children. It
is a place not just for a Sunday service or prayer at a particular
time of the day but a place one can come at any time. The Hindu
temple is a miniature universe. It includes everything and therefore
it does not stand apart from anything like other places of worship
may appear to.