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Bisakha shows the girls how to dance

The Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre on Edge Lane was the destination for Year 8 pupils from Archbishop Blanch High School. There they met Bisakha Sarker who showed them around, and told them wonderful stories about the Hindi gods, some of which are shown in the beautiful paintings on the temple wall.

Bisakha taught the students to dance a story about Ram (an incarnation of the god Vishnu) and his devotion for the goddess Durga. Hindus see the presence of god in all living things, and love to use all the arts, including dance, to honour the gods.

The cultural centre holds many social, educational and cultural events for people of all ages throughout the community, as well as religious ceremonies.

Faith item: Bengal hand-painted scroll selected by Bisakha Sarker:

“This panel depicts the goddess Durga with her four children – Ganesha, Saraswati, Kartikeya and Lakshmi. It also shows the demon destroyed by Durga.”

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