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There are many sacred places that have significance in the Hindu religion Worshippers skimp and save their money for a long period of time so that they can start a pilgrimage to different holy places Penney 2001 wrote this may mean a walk of hundreds of miles kilometers over weeks or months but they believe that the effort makes the pilgrimage worthwhile p 26 Certain factors that have developed over the years as to why some Hindu temples have remained open to worshipers and others have had to close their doors Shrines are very important to the Hindu religion and play a major part in a religious experience Penney wrote when Hindus arrive at the temple or shrine many pilgrims crawl around it on their hands and knees p 26 This is a method of worship representing atonement for their sinful ways Hindus worship and believe in the nurturing abilities of sacred rivers This makes them very significant All of the temples shrines and several rivers hold significance to the Hindu religion One of the major significances of Hindu temples throughout the world according to M Jani and V Jani 2005 is that they are religious social cultural educational and spiritual centers p 18 Hindu temples are learning places for people within their local communities Hindus worship daily either at home or at temples Molloy 2010 noted that within the temples Puja a devotional ritual is commonly performed at an altar which involves the offering of flowers food fire and incense to images of a god or gods p 96 There are many gods and goddesses throughout the Hindu religion They are not all worshiped at the same time Some even have special times of the year when they can be worshipped Hindus beliefs are that God can be found anywhere and everywhere Three major gods that the Hindus worship are
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