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The Hindu Temple at Edison, Shri Krishna Vrundavana is organizing Pratishtapana and Brahma Kalash Othsava that is scheduled to be held from 28th May to 15th June

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  • The Hindu Temple at Edison in New Jersey is organizing Pratishtapana and Brahma Kalash uthsava
  • The present pontiff of ‘Shri Puthige Matha’ from Udupi in India, Sri Sugunendra Teertha, is reportedly participating in the event

Nevada (USA), June 11, 2017: The Hindu Temple at Edison in New Jersey, ‘Shri Krishna Vrundavana Hindu Temple’ is organizing Pratishtapana and Brahma Kalash uthsava that is scheduled to be held from 28th May to 15th June. The activities involve myriads of festivities, multiple philosophical conferences, and a plethora of traditional ancient rituals.

Six months were spent to finish the sculpting of the idol of Lord Krishna, crafted from the Saligrama rock that was searched for months and finally found and brought from the Gandaki riverbanks in Nepal. Post its arrival from the India, the sacred idol has visited over 100 homes of devotees residing in New Jersey. Then holy statue was installed in the ‘Grabha Griham’ inside the temple that was specially constructed for it to become its main deity.

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The Hindu Temple is situated in the location where the Saint Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church used to be present long ago. The history of the holy Hindu temple dates back to 2002, the year on which it was first established at Iselin in New Jersey. The renovation of the temple began in May and it included importing of teakwood (about 3000 cubic feet) from Burma for the ‘Garba Gudi’ ritual, along with several other materials from India.

Symposiums-rituals-festivities-events during this period include Homas, Japas, Sapta Shuddhi, Samkeertanas, Veda Paarayayanas, Balis, Saligrama Krishna Pratishthapana, several Poojas, Kalash Pratishta, Mantrakshate, Avabhruta, music and dance performances, discourse, and knowledge conferences on Karma and Moksha etc. The ‘Maha Prasada’ is being served as free lunch and dinner daily. The present pontiff of ‘Shri Puthige Matha’ from Udupi in India, Sri Sugunendra Teertha, is reportedly participating in the event.

It has been noted that it was necessary to pass on to the next generation; the concepts, traditions and the spirituality of the Hindu religion, amidst the multiple societal distractions of the consumerist society.

The temple is situated in South Edison on a 15,000 square feet area with 3.5 acres of land. It opens daily 6.30 in the morning and conducts daily Poojas including the morning- evening rituals. Along with the worship services, the temple committee also celebrates the plethora of Hindu festivities while conducting multiple free classes on Sanskrit, Slokas, Sthotra, Bhajan, Geetha, Sandhya Vandana etcetera. The programs of the ‘Spiritual Sunday’ include sessions focusing on ‘personal growth and development’ and interactive sessions on ‘Dharma Tradition’.

There is a specific dress code in the ‘Pooja Hall’ of the temple. It is mandatory to cover the shoulders and the knees, and wearing ‘dhoti’ is a compulsion during the recitation of the Veda Mantras. A Hindu Matrimonial site is also run by it and it is called Dampathi.com that states that the bond of marriage not only ensures living the outer life but the inner life as well. The donation for ‘Nithya Archane’ in a year is $3001 and the amount of the suggested donation for the ‘Chandikaa Homa’ in the home of the devotee, is $451 and the ‘Car Pooja’ at the temple requires $51.

The oldest and the third largest religion in the world, Hinduism, has over millions of followers around the globe, and there are about three million Hindus in the USA.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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The Hindu Temple of Gulyana and Sikh Samadhi in Pakistan

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Gulyana, Pakistan

By: Wali Imran (Hindu Council of Australia)

900 years old Gulyana town of about a 50,000 people, just a few kilometers South of Gujar Khan, was raised to the ground once several centuries ago, by raiders from the West. The second time it was destroyed during the 1947 partition riots.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Before 1947, the Gulyana town center was mostly Hindu and Sikh. The Hindus and Sikh owned all the businesses in the town center and Muslims were their tenants, peasants and laborers. Muslims sold their lands to pay off their debts and also handed over their crop of wheat. The Dewan, Dutt, Mohyal Brahmin, and Singh families were always part of royal elite.

Bollywood Star Sanjay Dutt is from the same branch of warrior Brahmin Dutt and belongs to the same place.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Land owners were guaranteed protection from military’s presence in Gujar Khan from the North and a rivulet from the south. This land produced sheer gold and wealthy Sikhs and Hindus lived like kings in mansions make of stone, several storey high.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Bakshi Tek Chand, Dewan Prithvi Chand Dutt, Bakshi Moti Ram and Tara Singh were the dominant names of those times.  They built temples, dug up wells for the 30-50 kanal holdings each and distributed these lands amongst their permanent serfs. They did however, treat their serfs with respect and gave them a good share of the crop — what do you expect from absentee landlords.

Gulyana, Pakistan

The Sikh had a timber business. Logs from Kashmir valley were dumped into Jhelum River and recovered downstream near Jhelum city to be sold at Gujar Khan.

The Hindus were mostly traders, money lenders and retailers.

Gulyana, Pakistan

Muslims were mostly illiterate and poor and were destined to stay that way considering the only quality boarding school in nearby Gujar Khan had 95% non-muslim attendance.

During the 1947 riots, one Sikh Bali Singh and one Hindu Lady Banto were killed in the riots but the rest were whisked away with their gold, in the safety of Gorkha soldiers. The Muslim riot crowd burnt to the ground the several symbols of oppression and got rich in the process, during the looting.

One Hindu tehsildar had the magistrate’s powers to jail someone for 6 months.

Gulyana, Pakistan

When the British left suddenly in 1947, the carefully crafted social experiment in native subjugation came crumbling down within days.

Otherwise, one 100 years old resident of Gulyana tells me, “the Hindus and Sikh were very friendly towards the Muslims, their women played around with the boys, molvi were not trouble makers then; they cared about their serfs and neighbors’, built schools, hospitals and wells for the general public. No Muslim was allowed into their kitchen however. Balraj, Sita, Beera, Ramu Shikari, Gujrati, Peecha Singh, Mangat Singh, Jawals Singh, Raab Singh, Gurdyal, were the well-known Hindus and Labbu, Gurra, Jagdev, Santa, Paacha, Chatru were the known Sikh of the time. One Tek Chand Never left for India and embraced Islam. His wife and three sons left for India. Tek Chand married a Muslim lady and had seven children. They are all in poverty now. Several of the old mansion, one dhramsala, one temple, several bowlis (watering hole) have been lost to time.

Gulyana, Pakistan

The surrounding farms around Gulyana were refreshing. The old styled spoke wells, Sikh Samadhi, Hindu temple and 100 years old Gujarati’s mansion still survives.Gulyana, Pakistan

I went into the temple inner sanctum and saw the most beautiful frescos of mixed Hindu and Sikh religious figures like hanuman, Krishna, Sita, Baba Guru Nanak, Bala, Mardana, etc.

Gulyana, Pakistan

 

Pakistan government build a dam 5 km upstream, called the Ugahaun; it’s a lovely place to fish and boat around.

The union council in 1947 had more financial powers than it does today.

In short, all the entrepreneurs, educators, administrator, jurisprudence people, revenue people, land record people and large scale farmers left in 1947.

Gulyana, Pakistan

I am astonished how Pakistan survived with an illiterate mass of people, steeped in poverty — traumatized by exploitation and mass killings.

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Bedi Mahal, Pharwala fort, Malot fort, Sangini fort, Rawat fort and Mankial Stupa. (Hindu Council of Australia)