chapter  20
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Ålaya

ByVasudha Narayanan

So sang PeriyåÏvår, a poet devotee, in the eighth century CE. Although most Hindusbelieve that the supreme being resides within them, they still go to the local temple or make long pilgrimages to visit a deity enshrined in a sacred place. Many Hindus, even in the diaspora, take their children to visit the temple in the Indian village from which their ancestors came or to a temple in which their families have worshiped. Such pilgrimages are undertaken to petition or express gratitude to the deity or to have different rites of passage performed in a place held sacred by their family for many generations.