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When does a Hindu pray?

I never knew when I started Hindu blog that I will have to answer questions like when does a Hindu pray or is their a Hindu Sunday or Friday or Shabbat? I got several mails asking questions like these. This shows that most people around the world are still ignorant about Hinduism. There is no particular time for prayer in Hinduism. There are no compulsory obligations. You can still be a Hindu without praying. But there are Hindus who make it a point to pray in the morning and evening. They light a lamp while praying. The lamp is a symbol. It leads a person from ignorance to knowledge. There are people who recite mantras, like the famous Gayatri Mantra, while praying. There are Hindus who don’t visit temples. They don’t feel the need for any mediators.They pray in the mind or concentrate on any object. There is no timeframe for prayer. Some people pray for a few seconds. There are others who spend hours praying. There is also no particular day for prayer. But Hinduism has several aus…

Hindu links for 9/28/2006

Hindu NewsTimeless significance of Durga Puja“This festival is dedicated to celebrate the Glory of the Divine Mother. The religious and spiritual sanction for the celebration of the grand festival arises from Devi Mahatmiyam. This is a sacred text that sings the Glory of the Divine Mother.”Durga Puja brings back smile to tsunami-hit islanders“The Andaman and Nicobar islanders leaving behind the tsunami curse are back again with heart felt devotion and enthusiasm to worship the Goddess Durga.”The interfaith dialogue: Towards a universe of peace, Dr. Karan SinghIf one thing is clear in the present situation it is that world peace will remain a futile dream unless we can establish peace between and within the great religions of the world.Hindu idols to be immersed in Thames“Usually, idols of the goddess and her family are made in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal by craftsmen, which are then shipped abroad.But this time around, images of the deities - 18ft by 20ft - were made in th…