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India Link Temple Visit

On Friday 18th October, we went to Rhada Krishna Temple in London with our India Link group. This was to find out about the Hindu religion and culture before we travelled to India.

 Firstly, we were invited in and asked to remove our shoes as a sign of respect. In the learning room, we were taught about key aspects in Hindu culture and were offered saris to wear to the temple room. Inside the temple room there was an alter full of sacred deities which many people were praying to. There was an Aarti ceremony taking place, which was really interesting to observe.

We were also lucky enough to share some traditional Indian food, which was all vegetarian. It was really nice to try, as it gave us a flavour of what we would be having in India! It was also very different as we ate our lunch sitting in rows, facing each other.  While it was unusual to us, it was really interesting to embrace their culture and experience their way of life. After our lunch, we had the opportunity to buy some souvenirs to remember a great day.

 We then walked to the British museum and looked at the Asian artwork exhibited in the gallery. From looking around we recognised some statues that we had seen in the temple earlier in the day. After a short visit to the museum, we headed home arriving about 5:30.

 We had a great day and really benefited from the trip. We leant a lot about what we will be experiencing in India, which really showed us that our cultures are very different to theirs.  After getting a small experience what we will see in India, we can’t wait to actually visit India to see Hindu culture in a much larger scale.

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By Eleasha Kell (11Q) and Charlotte Butler (11Q)