Year 5 from St Chrysostom’s School, led by Miss Lamb, visited the Gita Bavan Hindu Temple, on Withington Road, Manchester, today, as part of their Inter faith week programme. They were joined by Fr Ian and Dr and Mrs Preston from church.
Mr Sharm from the temple warmly welcomed everyone and carefully explained Hindu belief and practice. We learned how Hindus pray and how they believe in only one God, but God is far beyond our minds and so we approach God in different ways – Hindus have one way, Christians another, Muslims another, he explained. The statues or ‘gods’ in the temple are manifestations of the one God and remind us of the different attributes of God. Different Hindu people will favour prayer to different gods (manifestations of God) according to their temperament and upbringing.
Michael from Yr 5 remarked I learned lots of interesting stories about the Hindu deities.
Sabna said I really enjoyed looking at the statues. The clothes they wore were amazing! They were so colourful.