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Research Paper to a Site Visit to a Religious Temple
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
Name 29 February 2012 Assignment The ISKCON Hare Krishna temple in San Diego is a place of auspicious and religious worship for Hindus. While growing up in American society, I have personally not been exposed to any other religions from around the world except for Christianity, and thus the entire experience of visiting the ISKCON temple in San Diego, on the day of the Sunday Festival also known as the Open House, proved to be a different and exciting experience altogether which helped to enrich me regarding society and world cultures.
The temple is extremely beautiful, with ornate carvings and wooden panels here and there made to depict the lives of the Gods and Goddesses. Furthermore, there are paintings and carvings of Lord Krishna during the battle of Kurukshetra when he was talking to Arjuna about the necessity of going ahead with the war, despite Arjuna knowing that his relatives were on the other side and would lose their blood and life. Upon entry into the temple, one goes through the main temple building and can see all the beauty with which Hindus have decorated the past which holds a great amount of pride in their culture. The idols have been decorated with different coloured cloth and lights in order to depict the vibrancy and victory of light over darkness, which is the primary Hindu belief and philosophy of life. The monks in the temple are known as the ‘bhaktas’ or the divine followers of God, who devote and dedicate every aspect of their lives to learning about and living for God, in this case Krishna. ...
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