5 educational posters featuring places of worship.
Pagoda or Stupa
A pagoda or stupa is a place where Buddhists worship. Buddhist temples come in many shapes. Pagodas are popular in Japan and China. Stupas are made of stone and built over copies of buddhist manuscripts. There are many forms of Buddhist worship, some people sit on the floor barefoot and chant. All Buddhist temples have a statue or image of Buddha.
A mosque is a place where Muslims worship. A mosque may be small, and privately owned. A larger, collective, mosque is called a masjid jami. Muslims may attend five times a day for ritual prayers, or on Fridays for congregational prayer. Many mosques have elaborate domes, minarets (tall spires), and prayer halls.
A church is a place where Christians worship. Small churches are called chapels. A cathedral is a very big church, that houses the seat of a bishop. At church, Christians learn
teachings from The Holy Bible and share in congregational service on Sundays. Churches are often built in the shape of a cross and have an alter. Some churches also have a tall tower called a steeple.
A Synagogue is a place where Jews worship. Jewish people go to the synagogue for congregational prayers and celebrations. The front of a synagogue faces towards Jerusalem in Israel. The Ark (front) is the holiest part of the synagogue, it houses a closet which has the Torah scrolls inside.
A mandir is a place where Hindus worship. Mandirs can be small village shrines or large buildings, surrounded by walls. Hindus worship daily at the mandir. Hindus take part in Puja (worship) at the Mandir. People also visit the Mandir to pray and participate in the bhajans (religious songs). Mandirs can look very different but they are usually located near rivers and gardens.