Greetings from our great Temple for a happy, healthy and blessed 2018!
As your Chairman I would like to thank all the temple devotees for their continued support and participation in all of the functions we conduct throughout the year.
We have been celebrating all the Hindu festivals, and not a single month passes without a festival being included. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I thank you all for a good year, and hope you will continue the same in the future. The many volunteers whose selfless service keeps the Temple going the way it does cannot be appreciated enough.
As usual the year started with Maha Ganapati pooja and Sarva Devata Homam in the morning and Mata ki chowki in the evening. Also we had Sri Ayyappa Irumudi pooja and Pongal celebrations. In the month of February we had Vasantha Panchami, Thaioosam and Maha Sivarathri Pooja concluding with Siva Parvathi kalyanam.The Temple was open all night long for Sivarathri. Chandramana Yugadi and Holi celebrations were the highlights of March. April events included Sri Rama Navami, Tamil New Year, Vishu celebrations, Mahavir Jayanti, and Hanuman Jayanti. In the month of May, Satya Narayana Kalyanam, Mata-ki-chow, Bollywood type karioke music and Health Seminar were the highlights. Sri Venkateshwara Brahmotsavam was celebrated for 10 days and concluded with Srinivasa kalyanam in the month of June . On June 26th Aadi Puram was celebrated for the first time. There was a 3 day event of Maha Rudram/Mrityunjaya Homam, Nalloor Kanthan Utsavam and Adhyatma Ramayana Parayanam in the month of July. Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chathurthi, Vara Lakshmi Vratam and Prana Pratishta Anniversary of the Temple were the highlights of August. A special silver Ganesha kavacham was donated by a devotee for the event. Swami Pratyagbodhanadaji gave a discourse in connection with the anniversary. In the month of September, Navarathri celebrations, Mata-ki-chowki and Akhanda Raman Parayan awere celebrated. In the month of October, we had Chandi Homam,Onam Celebrations, Deepavali and 6 day Skanda Shashti Utsavam. In the month of November, special Sri Lord Shiva Abhishekam was scheduled on every Monday (Karthikai Soma Varam), and Sri Ayyappa Mandala Vrtam started on Nov.16. As part of ongoing Interfaith activities, the Temple sponsored a table of 10 for the Project Hospitality Poor People's Dinner at the Hilton with enthusiastic participation. Temple hosted Building Bridges Thanksgiving dinner on Nov.19th. December activities included Hanuman Jayanti and Vaikunta Ekadashi. The Temple was open till midnight on Dec.31st. Devotees may sponsor annually for Sri Satyanarayana pooja on pournami days, Sri Ayyappa pooja every third Saturday evening, and Pradosha pooja. Sponsorship forms are available in the Temple.
There are on going children’s religion classes (Purna Vidya) every Sunday evening, music and Bhajan classes on Friday evenings and dance classes on Saturdays. You may contact the Temple for more information regarding these.
I wish you all a very happy, prosperous and safe year 2018. This great Temple of ours depends on you continued support and generous contributions . With blessings from Lord Rama.
Dr Krishne Urs