Why do Hindus Remove Shoes before Entering a Place of Worship
The Place of Worship in Hinduism is the holy place blessed with divine energies. It is soaked with Sattva Gunas with lots of positive energies.
The purity of substance all around the deity in a Place of Worship is always maintained to preserve the sanctity of the place. The deity invariable is vegetarian and always defy ‘Mansh’, ‘Madira’ and ‘Bhakchhan’ at the holy places.
An individual or ‘Bhakta’ is cursed if he or she angers the deity and follow subsidence. Therefore any substance that relates with ‘Mansh’, ‘Madira’ and ‘Bhakchhan’ is prohibited in the temple complex.
The Sanctity of The Place of Worship in Hinduism
To understand the whole philosophy in a better way, we must go little deeper into the subject and try to understand the very concept of the Place of Worship or Temples in Hinduism it for its accomplishment.
As per Hindu philosophy, our mind is imbibed with three Gunas known as Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. They are present in individuals right from their birth and one of these Gunas will be predominant in him/her decide upon his/her total behavior and lifestyle.
The Sattva Guna
The Sattva Guna connotes bliss and goodness in nature. It helps you to attain Godliness through Moksha. These gunas or the characteristic of humans when developed helps him to go for searching the TRUTH of life and follow the virtuous path of Satya or the truth.
People imbibed with this characteristic has no grumblings in life. They live on minimalistic material objects of Bhogyas. Sanyas is predominantly present in the character of such individuals. These people normally don’t have any attachment towards the person or the object. The temples or the Place of Worship is an important part of their life.
The Rajo Guna
The Rajo Guna is connected with more of the emotions and passions.
Emotions at times work as positivity in life at other instances, it becomes the cause of driving the negative energy. The negative energy when accumulates and cross the barrier, it results into Aasuri mindsets which are nothing but ‘Dumbh’ or pride, ‘Darp or Krodh’ or anger.
Rajo guna has a tendency to generate a feeling of competition and always WIN the situation in their favor. They will try to find faults with others and expose them to the benefit of self-thought. A person practicing intense Rajo Guna may rise to Sattva Guna and ultimately attain Godliness and lean towards practicing dharma at a Place of Worship.
The Tamas Guna
The Tamas Gunas symbolizes the negative energy, evil and darkness. It represents the ‘Asuras Shakti’ or the power of the evils. It relates with ‘Mansh’, ‘Madira’ and ‘Bhakchhan’ meaning eating non-vegetarian foods, drinking intoxicants and performing acts of violence.
Tamas Gunas lead to rule by force believes in captivity and ultimately brings unnatural death to individuals.
Dead animals are strictly prohibited within the temple complex. Any part or a substance derived from the dead bodies of animals is equally forbidden. Therefore shoes, handbags, belts etc made from animal’s skin are not permitted to be brought within the temple complex.
This is the reason that Hindus remove their shoes before entering a place of worship i.e the temple.
Not only this, since you are putting on the shoes therefore before entering the temple you should wash your feet and hands so that you are free from impurities and all the effects of Tamas Gunas.
A beautiful pictorial connotation by Ms. Priyanka Lotikar of Adhyatma Vishwavidyalaya, Goa who depicts bad effects of wearing shoes as below.
The picture clearly shows the distressing energies formed around the shoes that prohibit the individual from receiving the blessing of the deity in the temple.
Bad vibes predominate and stop the flow of positive energies into the devotee. Not allowing ‘Mansh’, ‘Madira’ and ‘Bhakchhan’ inside the Place of Worship or the temple complex causes the environment to remain Sattvik and pure.
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