Religious Studies KS2: Inside a Hindu temple

11-year-old Vraj shows us around a Hindu temple, called a mandir, and tells us about the religious statues called murtis that Hindus keep in their temples and homes.

Hinduism is over 4,000 years old and made up of lots of different Indian religious traditions.

Hindus believe in one God, Brahman, but the millions of qualities that Brahman has are represented by millions of different gods and goddesses.

Vraj compares this idea to a bunch of flowers; although every petal or flower is different, they are still one bunch.

Going to worship at a shrine is like visiting the gods and goddesses.

Mandirs are centres for the community and worship, with many murtis to pray to Vraj rings a bell to awaken god when he enters, then bows and prays to the statues ask for help or to thank them.

His family mainly worships Shiv or Shiva, the creator, but he can ask other gods if he needs particular help.

For example he might ask the monkey god Hanuman for strength, or Ganesh the elephant god for intelligence.

We see Vraj at the service of worship called Aarti, performed at least twice a day. He says it makes him feel closer to god.

This is from the series: My Life, My Religion - Hinduism

Teacher Notes

KS2 Before the clip is shown, some artefacts or pictures could be shown of some of the gods and goddesses.

With the children in pairs one could describe an artefact to the other, who has to try and draw it without seeing it, they could then come up with questions like what would you like to know about this object?

They could then watch the clip and see if their question is answered.

Pupils could consider together what Vraj says about the many gods of Hindu tradition being like a bunch of flowers, "if there’s a whole bunch of flowers we would say they’re one bunch.

They are all flowers. But each flower has different qualities, colours, petals, leaves, smell, size. Hindus think the same applies to God. Brahman is one, but contains all kinds of differences.

This is why we have many forms of the gods and goddesses to worship.” Pupils could come up with other similar ideas which might help explain Hindu beliefs: If God was a flower, it would be a bunch of flowers. If God was a colour, it would be a rainbow.

If God was a tree it would be a forest. Do they find these ideas help them to understand their own thoughts about God?

Vraj suggests 5 ways in which prayer helps him. Ask the pupils to list them, and then give their own suggestions as to how prayer can help people.

1. It helps me facing my exams 2. It gets my brain working 3. It helps me to focus 4. It makes me calm 5. It gives me peace

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Religious Education at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and First and Second Level in Scotland.

More from the series: My Life, My Religion - Hinduism

Meeting two young British Hindus
The Cycle of Birth and Rebirth
Celebrating the festival of Holi
Diwali - the festival of light
A Hindu wedding ceremony
Celebrating Raksha Bandan
A Hindu wedding ceremony