The Temple was formerly set up in the early 1970’s in the City of Nottingham and has since evolved into an institution that now covers a wide spectrum of activities, promoting the Hindu ethos in many ways ranging from Religious, Cultural, Social, Festive, Educational and Charity events to the practice of Yoga.
The establishment of this Temple is unique in that the original foundations were set so as to represent all deities of the Hindu Trinity. These include Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva incorporating the 16 Hindu Sanskars known as the ritual sacraments that are conducted with Havan (holy fire) Mantras of the world’s most ancient tradition of the Vedas.
The Executive Committee is constantly striving to satisfy the present needs of its patrons and members and at the same time contemplating on the long term aspirations of the future generations of the organisation.
One may worship Shiva, Vishnu, Rama, Krishna or some other gods and goddesses or one may believe in the ‘Supreme Spirit’ or the ‘Indestructible Soul’ within each individual and still be called a good Hindu.In Hinduism the Supreme Being doesn’t sit in Heaven meting out rewards and punishments, but, instead, is present in all creatures. Rather than being a pantheistic religion, Hinduism is panentheistic because god, as an ever-changing Being, is present in everything and everyone. Creation, protection and destruction, the chief functions/roles of the Supreme Being, are represented to Hindus by three gods of our Hindu Trinity Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Some explain these three gods as manifestations of the Supreme Being; others insist that they are independent. Each god has a particular power associated with him, which, in turn, is represented as a consort.
The Hindu calendar will mark the start of its biggest annual festival, Diwali with the traditional burning of an effigy of one of its most famous Gods, Raavan on 5 October 2013 4.00pm onwards in its annual festival Dushera ( actual day – 3 October). Dussehra is one of the major Hindu festivals of India. It is celebrated throughout the country with great zeal and enthusiasm. People all over the country participate in the occasion in their own way. It is the day when Lord Rama killed the ten headed demon king Ravana and gave the throne of his kingdom Lanka to his brother Vibhishana. Since that day, the day of Vijaya Dashmi is considered to be auspicious and festive by the people of India and is celebrated as the day that symbolizes the victory of ‘Good over Evil’. People throughout the country celebrate the occasion in their own way. The Dusshera of Mysore is very famous in terms of grandeur and splendor. Each region of the country has its own specialty in the celebrations. While at some places people engage in public processions, at some places people participate in Ram Lila and some people organize Ravan Dahan in the city. Feasting and busting crackers are also an important feature of the Dusshera celebrations. At many places in the country, colorful fairs and exhibitions are also organized on this occasion.
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