Ask a Hindu: Where Do You Worship?
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Commentary by Himani Agrawal
Do you worship somewhere as a group, such as in Spokane? Or do Hindus worship only in their homes? Do you have spiritual holidays, like some have Christmas, Ramadan, etc.?
Thank you for your questions.
Yes, we do worship together as a group in our temple in Spokane. We meet at 1337 S. Grand Blvd. You can visit our website for dates and times and more information about our gatherings.
Yes, we do have spiritual holidays, and each festival has its own significance. Dates for festivals are based on our lunisolar calendar. Some of them are Navratri, Deepawali, Holi, Janmasthmi, Makar Sankranti, Guru purnima, etc.
Deepawali is probably the one that most people are aware of. It falls in October and November. It celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is a five-day celebration. Each day has its own religious and cultural significance.
Guru purnima is a day to pay respect to gurus. A guru is someone who guides you to the path of dharma. In our culture, the mother is considered the first guru for everyone.
We celebrate festivals at our temple. All this information is available on our website, as well.
All the opinions expressed are personal views of the author.
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Himani Agrawal is the president of the Spokane Hindu Temple and Cultural Center. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration from India. She is well traveled and has lived on three different continents. Through her travels and personal experiences, she has developed understanding and respect for different faiths. She believes that communities strengthen when they share each other’s culture.