Publisher's Desk: Our Three Kinds of Temples

05.26.2009 - By Hinduism Today Video Podcast

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Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the Jul/Aug/Sep 2009 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "It would be hard to overestimate the power and importance of the temple in Hindu culture and spiritual practice--the home of God to which we go for solace and connection with the divine. When we think of temples, we naturally think of community temples, those always welcoming, often ornate, magical spaces which I like to call pura mandiras. Worshiping in these temples is a central practice in Hinduism. But there is a broader, seldom discussed understanding of the temple in Sanatana Dharma which embraces two other sacred places of communion as equally important. One is the home shrine, or griha mandira, and the other is the soul temple or atma mandira..."

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