Would you believe if I tell you that there are temples here in Southern California? Well, believe it or not, we have quite a few. Uhm, what else can you NOT see in California? I mean can I just brag about this State? Kidding! Anyways, You may have come across my blog post about my first solo adventure in BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (read here). I had so much fun that day, that the following couple of weeks I found myself on the road to Malibu Hindu Temple.
Malibu Hindu Temple located in the City of Calabasas was a little further from my house that time. I was living in Orange County and the drive there was a little crucial for me. So prior on going, I kinda knew that it would be a mission to get there as it is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. I did a little research on how I can try to avoid the winding road and the traffic. I ended up taking the 101 instead of the Pacific Coast Highway and exited the Las Virgenes Road and from there it was only a couple of miles. It was the easiest way plus I avoided the traffic in PCH.
As soon as I arrived, I was welcomed by the smell of the curry. I second guessed myself if I should come in as there might be some private gathering. It wasn’t till later that day that I learned they offer free vegetarian food and everyone was welcome to join.
With my recent experience at BAPS, it gave me a little bit of idea on what to expect and what to do. I had taken off my shoes before going in and I have chosen to wear a more casual clothing this time.
As I walked in the Temple, I was blinded by the pure pristine white walls and intricate carvings. I lack on knowledge about Hinduism, but as soon as I walked in, I definitely felt the presence of the religion and culture.
Armed with curiosity, I sat and watched people (in no creepy manners, I swear) mumbling prayers as they walk around the temples, some were lighting incense, and some people listening to chanting monks. I couldn’t helped but be inspired. I’m not a religious person but it was just such an experience and it’s just so amazing to see and learn how others practice their own culture and their own religion. But what’s even more amazing is that no matter how we all share different religions, values and cultures, at the end of the day we’re all just the same and equal.
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