BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Essay

970 Words Apr 28th, 2014 4 Pages
On our trip to the beautiful Hindu temple BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett me and our group had a great experience to see what the Hindu culture is all about. I have never been to any other church other than Greek Orthodox and Christian churches. I quite enjoyed the Hindu Temple experience because of the beautiful architecture both inside, outside and the great atmosphere surronding.
From the time you enter through the gate that leads to the temple, you realize that this is a very special place. According to Wikipedia, on May 18, 2005, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago was awarded the "Best Building Suburb" award by the Chicago Building Congress (CBC) for displaying 'distinctive design, outstanding construction, and a
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Due to a big traffic of people from different religions, some think it is ok to touch and even chip off parts of the marble. Due to the reason that all walls and pillars are mostly made of one piece and are staggered on top of each other there is virtually no way to replace them. Therefore a decision has been made to partially install protective glass around main traffic pillars and to protect them that way.
Our group had an opportunity to stay for a sunday morning prayer. We were asked to separate into men with men and women we only allowed to sit next to other women. We have asked one of the visitors why do we had to separate and he explained us that when together, women and men are distracting each other. When the prayer started everyone kneeled down and the prayer began. What i really liked is the beautiful outfits of the gods statues. We were told that the clothes of gods are being constantly changed with various outfits.
I’ve notice that part of the praying ritual is to imitate rapid clapping of hands, which is quite the opposite from the Christian religion. The hand clapping are meant to wake up or attract the attention of the kami of the shrine, so that one's prayer may be heard. Prayers called Shinto prayers quite frequently consist of wishes or favors asked of the kami, rather than lengthy praises or devotions. Unlike in certain other faiths, it is not considered irregular or inappropriate to ask favors of the kami in this way, and many

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