Students in Upper School History Teacher Maggie Philpot’s History of World Religions course recently visited a Hindu temple in Irving known as the DFW Hindu Temple. “We were graciously hosted by Swati Pandit, who is on the Board of Trustees for the temple,” Philpot said. “She led us around the temple, explaining the significance of the various ‘murti’ and the rituals that take place in the temple.” The students were also taken into the meditation room, where they viewed the various murals and significant religious figures (from Hinduism as well as from Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism). Within the meditation room, the group sat on the floor and Pandit shared more of the history and tenants of Hinduism and then allowed students to ask questions. The students had interesting questions about diet, about how Hindus view death, and about excerpts from Hindu texts they had read in preparation for this visit.
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