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34,000 square-foot Hanuman Temple opens in Texas

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Texas (USA):A 34,000 square-foot MarakataKarya Siddhi Hanuman Temple has opened in Frisco,Texas according to a report published in Punjab News Express. The temple has reportedly cost over $11 million.

Apart from MarakataKarya Siddhi Hanuman, who is the main deity, the temple also houses other Hindu deities. The idols of Lord Ganapati, Lord Shiva, Goddess Rajeshwari, Lord Venkateshwara, Lord Dattatreya, Lord Subramanya, Lord Ayyapa, Lord Nagendra and Lord Rama with his family are worshiped daily. The Aarti (lighting of a lamp) is offered to the deities twice a day and devotees are offered free lunch every Saturday.

The temple has a Cultural Center and conducts classes on Yoga, art, Carnatic music, Kuchipudi dance, and Bhajans. Apart from this, various Indian languages like Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, and Gujarati are taught as well. Classes on chanting of Bhagavad-Gita and Sri Vishnu Sahasranama are also held.

Lord Hanuman is one of the most important deities of Hinduism. He is considered as an avatara (incarnation) of Lord Shiva. He is known for his immense physical strength as well as very high level of intelligence. He is considered both as a Jnani (realized non-duality) and a bhakta (devotee). Hindus worship lord Hanuman for gaining strength, wisdom, confidence and protection from enemies.

The MarakataKarya Siddhi Hanuman Temple has a homa-kunda (fire-pit), a Yoga center and six classrooms. The temple has been built under the guidance of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Avadhoota Datta Peetham of Mysore, India, according to the report.

Commending the efforts of the temple leaders, Rajan Zed, the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that it is very important to pass on the concepts and traditions of Hindu spirituality to the coming generations and he hoped this new temple would help in this direction.

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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.