What you will see inside a Hindu temple

Mahendra Jani

Book - 2005

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Woodstock, VT : SkyLight Paths Pub 2005.
Item Description
Foreword by Swami Adiswarananda.
Physical Description
31 p. : col. ill
Main Author
Mahendra Jani (-)
Other Authors
Vandana Jani, 1946- (-), Neirah Bhargava (illustrator), Vijay Dave
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 4-6. From the dependable What You Will See Inside series, this introduces the beliefs and practices of the Hindu religion. The book opens with a traditional Sanskrit word of greeting, Namaste ("I salute God within you"), setting the respectful, inviting tone of the text, which leads readers into a temple. The book explains what can be seen there and discusses Hindu beliefs, worship practices, scriptures, celebrations, blessing ceremonies, and family shrines in homes. A typical double-page spread includes one large color photograph and a few small ones illustrating several paragraphs of clear, concise text. The attractive design and many illustrations make the book accessible even to primary-grade children with good reading skills or adult assistance. An informative introduction. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

For readers curious about other religions and houses of worship (or perhaps interested in more information about their own faith tradition), What You Will See Inside a Hindu Temple by Dr. Mahendra Jani and Dr. Vandana Jani, with photos by Neirah Bhargava and Vijay Dave, offers a detailed and straightforward look at Hinduism as well as a peek inside temples found in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Photographs, helpful captions and mini glossaries ease the trip. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5-8 -This colorful, attractive introduction to Hinduism focuses on worship in the temple although it also covers major scriptures, festivals, and life events. Each spread treats a different aspect of the religion, accompanied by color photos. The information is generally thorough and complete. Without a glossary, however, it is difficult to remember unfamiliar words from page to page. Sue Penney's Hinduism (Heinemann Library, 2000) offers a more comprehensive overview.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY [Page 148]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes what happens inside a Hindu temple and introduces Hinduism.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A colorful, fun-to-read introduction that explains the ways and whys of Hindu faith and worship What You Will See Inside… A new series of illustrated books designed to show children ages 6 and up the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of traditional houses of worship, liturgical celebrations, and rituals of different world faiths, empowering young people to respect and understand their own religious traditions—and those of their friends and neighbors. Visual and vibrant, What You Will See Inside a Hindu Temple features many informative pictures and concise descriptions of what is happening, the objects used, the spiritual leaders and laypeople who have specific roles, and the spiritual intent of the believers. Ideal for children as well as teachers, parents, librarians, clergy and lay leaders who want to demystify the celebrations and ceremonies of Hinduism throughout the year, as well as encourage understanding and tolerance among different faith traditions. What You Will See Inside a Hindu Temple will: Satisfy kids’ curiosity about what goes on in a Hindu temple attended by their friends, broadening awareness of other faiths at an important age when opinions and prejudices can first form. Provide Hindu children with a deeper understanding of the practices of their own religious tradition. Give children the opportunity to ask questions, making them more active participants.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Will satisfy kids’ curiosity about what goes on in a Hindu temple attended by their friends, broadening awareness of other faiths at an important age when opinions and prejudices can first form.