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Hindu temple, lord shree swaminarayan followers

Hinduism is a complex of beliefs, values and customs, comprising the dominant religion of India. It is also known as Sanatan Dharma (eternal religion). The essence of Hinduism is that the soul is ever living and finds its own way through devotion, simple life, meditation and selfless service, it reincarnates itself until all Karmas (actions) are resolved and realisation of God is attained.
Hinduism has no historical founder and no fixed point in time at which it can be said to have begun. It is the oldest of the great religions. Its ultimate origins lie beyond even the early Vedic periods and too far back in time for us to discern. Sages and saints have contributed profoundly to its spiritual richness over many centuries.

,,Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice and wicked actions predominate, I descend myself and assume a form. In order to protect the saints and to destroy and annihilate the devils and to establish the principles of religion, I advent myself and come into concrete existence from time to time.
Lord Shree Krishna

By the 18th century, there was social and political chaos in India. There were gross superstition, atrocities, immoral deeds, and looting and no one to protect the poor and the downtrodden. The condition of women was most deplorable. A few Brahmins dominated the masses in matters of religion. Might was right. The standard of life was extremely low.
It was at this juncture that Lord Shree Krishna manifested Himself in this mortal world as Lord Shree Swaminarayan to protect the really saintly persons, destroy the sinful elements and re-establish true religion.

clothes and symbols

tilak and chandlo

Tilak is a vertical ,,U,, shaped mark made on the forehead, chest and both upper arms. Chandlo is a round mark. Tilak represents Lord Narayan and Chandlo represents Laxmiji (godess of wealth). Tilak and Chandlo purifies the mind and the soul within which the Lord resides. Tilaka may be worn on a daily basis or for special religious occasions only, depending on different customs.

choti or sikha

The choti or sikha (शिखा śikhā, crest) is a Sanskrit word that refers to a long tuft, or lock of hair left on top or on the back of the shaven head of a male Orthodox Hindu. Traditionally, Hindu men shave off all their hair as a child in a saṃskāra or ritual known as the chudakarana. A lock of hair is left at the crown (sahasrara). The śikhā reportedly signifies one-pointed (ekanta) focus on a spiritual goal, and devotion to God. It is also an indication of cleanliness, as well as personal sacrifice to God. It has been said that the śikhā allows God to pull one to heaven, or at least from this material world of maya (illusion).

,,My disciples shall never wear clothes which are likely to cause any indecent exposure of the body.
Lord Shree Swaminarayan

A sari or saree is a strip of unstitched cloth, worn by female, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff.