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Lake High Scool Students Visited Hindu Mandir of Lake Counthy

GRAYSLAKE, IL- The teachers of Lake High School, Lake Villa, IL, planned their students ‘visits in two large groups of 80 students in each group to the Hindu Mandir of Lake County, Grayslake, IL on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 morning. Teachers thought that a visit to a Hindu Mandir is an ideal way to learn about Hinduism and get a firsthand experience of the Hindu faith in practice.

Hindu Mandir of Lake County always welcomes non-Hindu visitors, tour groups from other states as well as local churches and book clubs including school and college student groups from
the surrounding areas. A dedicated and very popular founding member and former president of the temple, Dr. Harsh Kumar coordinated the program and welcomed the groups warmly to
temple and said we are happy to let anyone interested to “see what our culture and religion are about.” In the temple’s auditorium, Shri. Anand Upadhyay greeted all the students and provided them
with an interesting and impressive learning method about the world’s oldest living faith “Sanathan Dharma” from an interactive presentation. He talked to them about Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga, Indian festivals, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and Ahimsa principles. He explained to the how the qualities of sattva (serenity), rajas (passion), and tamas
(ignorance) shape the nature of a person. . He also described to students the Hindu belief in mastering control of one’s senses and desires and of peacefully accepting the good and the bad of
life. He answered very clearly all their questions.

All the Students removed their shoes like Hindus before entering the main prayer hall with the sanctums and quietly moved in. These students were welcomed with a Hindu greeting and a
smile by the temple priest, Shree Yogesh Pandey in the shrine area. All the students and teachers witnessed and participated in the midday Mangalarati ceremony. Pt. Joshi Ji blessed them by
chanting Vedic Mantra for their success in studies, bright future, and happy and healthy lives. All the students as well as teachers fond their trip to the Mandir to be educational, inspiring and
enjoyable. One of the teachers said that the most striking Hindu site locally available is surely this temple.