What are the things we don't do / prohibited in prayer room / temples?
- we don't wear shoes inside
- we don't dress scantily
- we don't go inside if we are dirty, or have not washed our feet / hands
- ladies don't access if they are menstruating
- we don't consume any food items, particularly non-vegetarian food
- we don't drink any drinks, particularly alcoholic beverages
- we don't keep any items like shoes, dirty clothes etc. inside
- we don't speak loudly, chat away or make jokes
- we don't play / listen to songs other than religious ones
- we don't use vulgar / swear words
- we don't smoke or allow anyone else to smoke
- we don't use mobile phones
When we have Hindu deity images / statues in our vehicle, can we ensure all of the above is not done in our vehicles? Its impossible for us to assure that none of the above is violated by the owner / driver or the passengers. Can we keep our vehicle as clean, holy or sacred as our prayer room or temple?
In addition to these, we also usually perform proper pooja and offerings for deity images / idols at home or temple. This cannot be properly done in vehicles. Some people go further by 'erecting' mini temples / shrines in their car, most are done with elaborate decorations and lighting, which can rival your local temple. We frown upon people who simply build shrines everywhere, not taking care of the sacred practices, but we close an eye when its done in private vehicles. Why?
As I've stated in the beginning of this article, some of the reader may say ... "its not your car!", but I want to say "its our religion, and I care about it". Whatever the responses are, I don't condone the act of keeping any religious images / idols at a place where its not suitable, without proper care. What say you?
In case someone asks : No, I don't have any such items in my car.