Religion & India

Structure of Gods, the most common sight…

Image shot by Jayant Mandal

India is a secular country and has no specific religion designated as the national religion. On the other hand, India is a birthplace to four major religions practiced in the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

In the image, you could see Lord Hanumana, an ardent devotee, worshiper and friend of Lord Rama – the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu and the main character of importance in the Hindu epic, Ramayana.

I clicked this image while on the way from Bangalore to Pondicherry. This small ‘temple’ with an image of Lord Hanumana is there on one side of the highway, where we stopped to have our breakfast.

India, known for her unity in diversity, is mainly known for Hinduism as the majorly practiced religion in the country and hence, you would see a lot of temples and small structures of Gods from the Hindu Mythology, as the most common sight while traveling anywhere within the country.

Faith, belief and worship of Gods is so intense here that apart from properly constructed temples, you could also find people’s beliefs portrayed on ‘sacred stones’, under Banyan or other huge trees, kept as significance of holiness and worship towards the Almighty.

Despite Hinduism being the majorly practiced religion here, you will find other religions and festivals are equally respected and hence the title: Unity in Diversity.

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