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One should worship the Mother, the Father, the Teacher and one's Guests as God




              In dia    :   At it hi   De vo   Bha va
In ancient times,
when means of
communication
were limited…
and it was not
possible for guests
to anticipate
their date of
arrival, …
A T I T H I
was coined to depict
a visiting person who
had no fixed date of
arrival or departure.
D E V O
means God and

 B H A V
means Be/Is,
literally meaning…

  „Guest
    is
   God“.
In Hinduism

  G O D
is worshipped in
 5 Step worship
These five steps are

Dhoop : fragrance
Deep : lamp
Naivaidya : edibles
Akshat : rice
Pushp : flower
„Shodashopchar Poojan“


is an
elaboration and
formalisation of
this ritual.
FRA G RA N CE
While receiving guests we must see that
rooms have a pleasant fragrance,
because this is the first thing that
attracts guests or detracts from their
visit.
A pleasant fragrance will put your
guest in good humour.
LAM P
Prior to the electrification of
India, a lamp was put between
host and guest so that
expression and body language
remain clearly visible and
there is no gap between
host and guest.
EDIBLES
Fruits and sweets
made of milk are
offered to guests.
RICE
It is a symbol of being
undivided. A tilak made of a
vermilion past is put on
forehead and rice grains are
placed on it. This is the
highest form of welcome in
Hindu Indian families.
FLOWER
Offering a flower has always
remained a gesture of goodwill
since the dawn of civilization.
When the guest departs, the
flower symbolizes the sweet
memories of his visit that
haunt him for several days.
In India this art of
hospitality is called

        Atithi
         Devo
        Bhava
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Responsible Tourism - The art of hospitality: India - Atithi Devo Bhava

  • 1. One should worship the Mother, the Father, the Teacher and one's Guests as God In dia : At it hi De vo Bha va
  • 2. In ancient times, when means of communication were limited…
  • 3. and it was not possible for guests to anticipate their date of arrival, …
  • 4. A T I T H I was coined to depict a visiting person who had no fixed date of arrival or departure.
  • 5. D E V O means God and B H A V means Be/Is,
  • 6. literally meaning… „Guest is God“.
  • 7. In Hinduism G O D is worshipped in 5 Step worship
  • 8. These five steps are Dhoop : fragrance Deep : lamp Naivaidya : edibles Akshat : rice Pushp : flower
  • 9. „Shodashopchar Poojan“ is an elaboration and formalisation of this ritual.
  • 10. FRA G RA N CE While receiving guests we must see that rooms have a pleasant fragrance, because this is the first thing that attracts guests or detracts from their visit. A pleasant fragrance will put your guest in good humour.
  • 11. LAM P Prior to the electrification of India, a lamp was put between host and guest so that expression and body language remain clearly visible and there is no gap between host and guest.
  • 12. EDIBLES Fruits and sweets made of milk are offered to guests.
  • 13. RICE It is a symbol of being undivided. A tilak made of a vermilion past is put on forehead and rice grains are placed on it. This is the highest form of welcome in Hindu Indian families.
  • 14. FLOWER Offering a flower has always remained a gesture of goodwill since the dawn of civilization. When the guest departs, the flower symbolizes the sweet memories of his visit that haunt him for several days.
  • 15. In India this art of hospitality is called Atithi Devo Bhava respontour - responsible tourism - communication - PR - representation www.respontour.net contact@respontour.net