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Hindu Temple Geeta Bhawan Derby

Hindu Temple Geeta Bhawan Derby

Welcome to the Derby Hindu Temple, also known as The Geeta Bhawan. Located in Pear Tree Road in Derby, the temple is laid out in a brand new purpose built modern building with two floors. The ground floor has a large hall and catering size kitchen suitable for marriages and other events.

On the second floor, accessible by stairs or elevator, their deities adorn and offer their blessings in a serene, peaceful and very spacious mandir finished in hand carved marble.

There is also an Education block which houses the Malayalam and Hindi language classes, offices, priest’s quarters and catering size kitchen and dining hall for bhojan.

Throughout the year, they hold events at the temple. There are aartis and pujas everyday and yoga classes three days a week, meditation once a month, bollywood dance class, bharat natyam classical dance class for children, senior citizens luncheon club every Tuesday mornings.

There is a private tarmac car parking around the temple (spaces are limited however).

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It’s been said often enough that Hindus celebrate everything. So they do. The birth of gods, death of asuras, victory of the gods, marriage of the gods, the new year, new months, full moons, new moons, harvests, birthdays, initiations, marriages, deaths, anniversaries – you name the event, and it is reason for music, dance, processions, and what have you.

And there is the religious bit lurking behind it all. The reasons for this lie deep, in the origin of Hinduism as an organic religion. Its followers have over time considered anything, animate or inanimate, to be sacred and aspects of divinity.

That is also why even secular events like harvests take on religious overtones, with the patron deity presiding over the festivities. As soon as something happens, there is a kind of thanksgiving to the divine that follows it.

Apart from the universally celebrated festivals like Dussehra, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi, there are others that are observed in specific communities or geographical areas. Hindu holidays are also confined to particular regions by the importance a certain god enjoys.

With so many holy days and more than 20 major Hindu festivals, the calendar should be liberally sprinkled with them. But it isn’t so. There is a distinct festival season, which runs from late August through December. This is when there is a fever of celebrations, with a string of important festivals following one another in a rush.

But the major festivals are not the only ones that the people celebrate. Browse through the Hindu almanac, and you will find a mention of holiness or sacredness against almost every day of the year. Most of the lesser festivals are lesser because they have a private rather than public face. There are rituals for phases of the moon, solar and lunar eclipses, days of the week, a person’s auspicious star or zodiac sign.

 

Kirtan Bhajans by Gu

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