Inside the Mandir - inside temple

The Rt Hon. Prime Minister David Cameron MP visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 2 May 2015
A mandir has many internal features, which one can fully appreciate only by visiting. Below we list what we might experience on entering a temple. Some mandirs have fewer facilities, and others far more. The more elaborate are often part of an entire complex that includes residential quarters, guest rooms, and educational facilities.
Worshippers taking off their shoes upon entering the temple
 Racks for shoes (sometimes manned in larger temples)
 The fragrance of incense
 Main hall (temple room)
 Bell to ring upon entry – to announce one's arrival to the deity
 Pictures/posters of saints, deities, and associated stories
 Hindu symbols
 Musical instruments – including drums, cymbals, harmonium
 Sacred books – for reading and giving lectures
 Main shrine (at the front); often many smaller shrines, usually to the sides
 Donation box before the shrine
 Murtis within the shrine areas
 Charanamrita (holy water in a bowl near the altar)
 Prasada, sacred food, handed to worshippers at the altar, or as they leave
 Priest or priests
 Kitchen and dining area
 Auditorium for music, drama, dance, and other cultural performances
 Shop selling religious artifacts, books, and other religious souvenirs.
 The temple administrative office

Also Read:
 Focuses of Worship
 Food and Prasada


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