Year 7s find out more about Hinduism.
During Activities Week, the Year 7 year group visited the Hindu Mandir in Neasden, North London. We were all impressed by the beauty of this fine marble building, set in the middle of a busy urban area. The interior really was an oasis of calm and we enjoyed looking around for a short time before the Arti ceremony, which we had come to observe.
There was also an opportunity to view an excellent exhibition on the history of Hinduism and we were each grateful to receive a beautifully illustrated book, which contained the main facts from the exhibition. Our guide for the day allowed us to watch a short but informative DVD presentation on the Mandir and we were invited to ask questions and to learn a little more.
The highlight of our visit was undoubtedly the Arti ceremony, where the murtis (statues of the gods and goddesses) were revealed to the accompaniment of sacred music and a prayerful song in which many of the worshippers participated. We noted the reverence and respect with which the Hindu believers worshipped and we also experienced the calm and peaceful atmosphere within the Mandir.
There was, of course, chance to visit the shop for a souvenir or two and a leisurely lunch in a nearby park and we all felt that our visit had been very worthwhile.
Report by Mrs Holmes