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
Give children the opportunity to ask
questions, making them more active participants.
“A well-written and very practical
Jayaraman, PhD, executive director,
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA, New York
“An open invitation into the
God-centered message of Hinduism and its practices. Reveals the
Living God that dwells in the temple of our very own bodies,
minds and souls. It will do wonders for fostering respect and
communication among different religions!”
August Gold, founder of Sacred
Center for Spiritual Living, and author of Where Does God Live? and Does God Hear My Prayer?
“A lovely and helpful book. Stepping
into another universe of religious meaning and symbol without
any prior orientation is like going on a wilderness canoe trip
without a map and compass. If you’d like to go to a Hindu
Temple—for real or even through the pages of a
book—here is a reliable map to guide you.”
Thomas Ryan, CSP, director of the
Paulist Office for Interfaith Relations, and author of The Sacred Art of Fasting: Preparing to Practice
Mahendra Jani, PhD, is cofounder and president of Vivekananda Vidyapith,
an academy of Indian philosophy and culture in Wayne, New
Jersey. He is the author of several books and articles,
including The Concept of God in
Vandana Jani, PhD, is cofounder and vice-president of Vivekananda
Vidyapith. She is instrumental in developing the curriculum for
the school’s character-building education for children,
and in publishing the Vidyapith’s quarterly magazine, Sapling.
Neirah Bhargava is an avid photographer, videographer and graphic
designer. Her photographs have been exhibited in art shows and
libraries in New Jersey.
Vijay Dave is
a freelance photographer. His photographs and articles on
cultural and historical aspects of India have been published in