We request our devotees and attendees to follow the teachings of Hindu Religion, Culture and Hindu way of life and abide by the following guidelines:
Inside the Prayer Hall
- Attending the prayer: Please do not enter into dining hall without attending prayer and satsang.
- Silence: Please maintain silence inside the prayer hall and move quietly. Turn off cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms.
- Food and Drink: Please do not bring food or drink inside the prayer hall.
- Attire: One of the traditional ways to show respect for a holy place is to wear modest and clean attire. To honor the sacred tradition of Hindu Temple all visitors are requested to dress modestly. It is appropriate to dress more formally when visiting the Temple.
- Please remove your shoes and place them on the shelves.
- Seating: Over the period of time and following the convention women generally sit on the left as you enter the prayer hall and men on the right. However there is no restriction on the devotees of different genders to sit together. Couples and families are welcome to sit together. Please refrain from lying down or sleeping.
- Darshan – Paying Respects: In India it is customary to pay respects to the murti, or holy statue, of a saint by bowing. With this gesture one is acknowledging not only the greatness and power of the holy statue or saint, but also of one’s own inner being.
- Children: Children are always welcome with a parent or guardian. Encourage them to learn about Hindu religion and culture while they are visiting our temple.
- Please do not eat “Prasad” collected after the puja inside the prayer hall except “Charnamrit”. You can eat your “Prasad” once you are out of the prayer hall.
In the Dining Hall
- Please collect “Prasad” after attending prayer and satsang. We advice you not to rush to the dining hall.
- Senior devotees and parents with young children must be allowed to collect the Priti Bhoj first. Others are requested to wait with patience. Help Seniors and families with young children to find vacant sitting space.
- Please do not engage tables for your friends and family members. Always allow others to sit on the table if they have collected Priti Bhoj before you.
- Please do not eat by sitting on the stage. Ask your young children not to run on the stage and hang on the stage curtains.
- Hindu Society of Manitoba does not guarantee nuts free food. Food may contain nuts. It is your responsibility to avoid consuming food if you or any of your family member is prone to nut allergy.
- You are requested to clean your table after you finish eating. Bring your used plate to the table earmarked for the collection and stacking of used plates. Drop your left over food in the garbage bin and stake used plates on the table in orderly manner. Please do not throw your used plate in the garbage bin.
- You can volunteer and help us in Dining Hall. Around 11 pm on Sundays we need volunteer to arrange table, clean spoons and fill glasses with water. After the “Priti Bhoj” starts we need volunteer to arrange and stake used plates in the orderly manner on the earmarked table.