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The IUP Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion (CSCR) will sponsor a trip to Pittsburgh's Hindu Jain Temple at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 22. 

(Hindu Jain Temple of Pittsburgh, courtesy of PittsburghIndia.com)

According to the the Hindu Jain Temple website, the temple "provides a place for Hindus and Jains to worship while providing religious, humanitarian, cultural and educational resources to our members."

Hinduism and Jainism are both religions hailing from India that promote peace. While Jainism preaches non-violence against any and all creatures, it's practiced much less than Hinduism. The latter religion happens to be the main religion throughout the entire country of India, and has a multitude of different traditions. Hinduism is polytheistic, meaning that more than one deity (god) is worshiped. Neither religions have a single founder, and Jainism is taught to have always existed.

The Hindu Jain Temple of Pittsburgh opened in September 1990 and, since, has frequently played host to many different organizations. The temple offers an opportunity for non-Hindu/Jain visitors to gain a sense of understanding as to what the religions teach.

The CSCR's trip not only includes a visit to this beautiful place of worship, but, according to the event website, it also includes lunch at "a local Indian restaurant" before the group embarks on a trip to Monroeville's Sri Venkateswara Temple.

CSCR will meet at the HUB at 9 a.m. and return between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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