Places of worship in Britain and elsewhere

Places of Worship in Britain and Elsewhere


  • Mandirs, or temples, are significant in Hindu worship. Their divine atmosphere represents a gateway between earth and heaven.
  • Each Mandir is typically dedicated to a particular deity. Statues of various gods and goddesses, known as murtis, are placed inside.
  • An elaborate ritual called a Puja may be performed by priests or the faithful, involving offering flowers, food, and other objects to the deity.
  • Haveli is the name used by the Swaminarayan faith for their place of worship, which places emphasis on community activities and volunteering.

Shrine Rooms

  • Many Hindus have a shrine room in their house as family members may participate in daily worship.
  • A shrine room may contain statues of deities, pictures, incense, lamps and offerings.
  • Most home rites begin with a small prayer to Ganesha, the god of beginnings and good fortune.

Sacred Sites

  • Varanasi in India is of ultimate importance to Hindus. It is seen as the spiritual heart of India where Hindus aim to visit at least once in their lifetime.
  • At Varanasi, Hindus are cleansed of sins in the River Ganges, which is considered a goddess Ganga.
  • Prayagraj is another significant pilgrimage site where Maha Kumbh Mela, a major Hindu festival, is held every 12 years.

Veneration of Nature

  • Many open spaces, mountains, rivers and trees are considered sacred in Hinduism due to their association with gods and legends. They serve as places of worship.
  • Tulsi (basil) plant is often cultivated in Hindu households due to its religious significance, offering daily prayers.
  • The Banyan Tree is revered as it is believed to embody the divine presence and is therefore a place worship.