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Why do we ring the bell in a temple?

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Is it to wake up the Lord? But the Lord never sleeps. Is it to let the Lord know we have come? He does not need to be told, as He is all knowing.

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Why do we regard trees and plants as sacred?

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The Lord, the life in us, pervades all living beings, be they plants or animals. Hence, they are all regarded as sacred.

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Why is pradakshina done only in a clockwise manner?

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The reason is not, as a person said, to avoid a traffic jam! As we do pradakshina, the Lord is always on our right. In India the right side symbolizes auspiciousness.

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Why do we worship the kalasha?

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First of all what is a kalasha? A brass, mud or copper pot is filled with water. Mango leaves are placed in the mouth of the pot and a coconut is placed over it. A red or white thread is tied around its neck or sometimes all around it in a intricate diamond-shaped pattern.

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Why do we do pradakshina (circumambulate)?

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We cannot draw a circle without a center point. The Lord is the center, source and essence of our lives. Recognizing Him as the focal point in our lives,

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Why do offer food to the Lord before eating it?

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Indians make an offering of food to the Lord and later partake of it as prasaada - a holy gift from the Lord. In our daily ritualistic worship (pooja) too we offer naivedyam (food) to the Lord.

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To touch another with the feet is considered an act of misdemeanor. Why is this so?

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Man is regarded as the most beautiful, living breathing temple of the Lord!.

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Why de we apply the holy ash?

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The ash of any burnt object is not regarded as holy ash. Bhasma (the holy ash) is the ash from the homa (sacrificial fire) where special wood along with ghee and other herbs is offered as worship of the Lord.

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Why do we fast?

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Most devout Indians fast regularly or on special occasions like festivals. On such days they do not eat at all, eat once or make do with fruits or a special diet of simple food.

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