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Why do ‘garba’?

September 27, 2014 |

NHSF (UK) Learning Team

 

Garba is an exceptionally well known and enjoyable folk dance that usually takes place during Navratri. Originating from Gujarat, this dance is now popular throughout India and indeed the world, as … Read More

Why do Hindus worship the cow?

May 9, 2007 | 9

 

Hindus don’t worship cows. We respect, honour and adore the cow. By honouring this gentle animal, who gives more than she takes, we honour all creatures.

Hindus regard all living creatures as sacred – mammals, fishes, birds and more. We acknowledge this reverence for life in our special affection for the cow. At festivals we decorate and honour her, but we do not worship her in the sense that we worship the Deity.

To the Hindu, the cow symbolizes all other creatures. The cow is a symbol of the Earth, the nourisher, the ever-giving, undemanding provider. The cow represents life and the sustenance of life. The cow is so generous, taking nothing but water, grass and grain. It gives and gives and gives of its milk, as does the liberated soul give of his spiritual knowledge. The cow is so vital to life, the virtual sustainer of life, for many humans. The cow is a symbol of grace and abundance. Veneration of the cow instils in Hindus the virtues of gentleness, receptivity and connectedness with nature.

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Why do we do aarati?

September 19, 2006 | 1

From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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Why do we chant Om?

September 19, 2006 |
From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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Why do we offer a coconut?

September 19, 2006 |
From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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Why do we say shaanti thrice?

September 19, 2006 |
From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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Why do we blow the conch?

September 19, 2006 |
From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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Why do we worship tulasi?

September 19, 2006 |
From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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Why do we consider the lotus as special?

September 19, 2006 |
From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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Why do we worship the kalasha?

September 19, 2006 |
From “In Indian Culture, Why Do We…” by Swamini Vimalananda Radhika Krishnakumar.
Copyright: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Chinmaya Mission UK, www.chinmayauk.org

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