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Hinduism in Modern India That which is held sacred…. The Holy River. Source: npr.org. The City of Varanasi. Mother Ganga. Religious pilgrims travel down the Ganges River to a temple along the banks of Varanasi. To make an offering to the River…. To bath in the holy water….

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Hinduism in modern india that which is held sacred

Hinduism in Modern India That which is held sacred…


The holy river

The Holy River

Source: npr.org


The city of varanasi

The City of Varanasi


Mother ganga

Mother Ganga

Religious pilgrims travel down the Ganges River to a temple along the banks of Varanasi.


To make an offering to the river

To make an offering to the River…


To bath in the holy water

To bath in the holy water…


To be cremated on the banks of the ganges

To be cremated on the banks of the Ganges…


Pollution in the ganges

Pollution in the Ganges


Sacred texts in hinduism

Sacred Texts in Hinduism

  • Vedas

  • Upanishads

  • Bhagavad Gita


Deities

Deities

There can really be as many Hindu Gods as there are devotees to suit the moods, feelings, emotions & social background of the devotees." -Sri RamaKrishna


Shiva takes on the destructive aspect of brahman

ShivaTakes on the destructive aspect of Brahman

Lord Shiva the Destroyer


Vishnu preserves the working order of the universe

Vishnu preserves the working order of the universe

Lord Vishnu the Preserver

"Only the unlearned deem myself (Vishnu) and Shiva to be distinct; he ,I, and Brahma are one, assuming different names for the creation, reservation and destruction of the universe.  We, as the triune Self, pervade all creatures; the wise therefore regard all others as themselves."~ Vishnu explains the Nature of the Trinity (trimurti)~ 


Brahman and the hindu trinity

It is often said that the Hindu pantheon has three gods at its head: Brahma, the creator of the universe; Vishnu, the preserver of life; and Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance.

Brahma is a representation of the impersonal brahman in a human form, usually with four faces facing the cardinal directions and four arms

Brahman andthe Hindu Trinity


The sacred cow

The Sacred Cow

Hinduism's Sacred Animal

watch PBS Video, The Sacred Cow, 1:24


Hinduism that which is held sacred

HinduismThat which is held sacred…

Presentation by

Jennifer Gigliotti-Labay

Region IV Social Studies Conference

November, 2007


Bibliography

Bibliography

  • NPR series: Journey Down the Ganges, www.npr.org

  • Hindu Varanasi,Wilbert M. Gesler; Margaret Pierce, Geographical Review, Vol. 90, No. 2. (Apr., 2000), pp. 222-237.

  • BBC

  • Library of Congress, country studies

  • Photos by Jennifer Gigliotti-Labay, March, 2007

  • Deity sculpture photos http://www.lotussculpture.com/bronze_sculpture_the_gods.htm


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