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Hindu Temple in New Jersey Consecrating Unique Krishna Idol with 19-day Rituals

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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Fireworks Might Extinguish the Flame of Laxmi Puja

We can have various kind of festival enjoyments on Festivals but without ever causing problem to others and the environment

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There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. Pixabay

BY SALIL GEWALI

If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong. There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. To disturb others’ tranquility falls under the heading of vices. Preserving the sanctity of the environment, and more importantly, inner purity of mind and heart is the “prime doctrine” of SANATAN DHARMA which is popularly known as Hinduism. This Hindu culture now seemingly run the risk of having been defined by other communities with what is not very pleasant to hear.

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It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment without Using Fireworks.

I’ve overheard many toxic comments against this blatant desecration of auspicious “puja celebrations”. During Holi festival, many people fear to move out of their homes, particularly in certain the plane areas in India. You might be blasted with a bucketful of dirty water by pranksters from the 5th floor of the building. Is this sadism the part of the puja and holi celebration? One is afraid, with each passing year, this festival of color of joy, though having strong spiritual significance, has only painted the very face of Hindu culture with vulgarity and depravity.

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If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers, Fireworks and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong.

Matter of fact, peace in one’s life and his efforts to help bring peace in others’ lives is essentially the fundamental basis of Hindu culture and festivals. Practically speaking, there is no devotion to God without “peace”.  Therefore, “Shanti” (peace) is one of the most paramount peace mantras in Sanskrit, not “Ashanti” which, of late, is the hallmark of such Hindu puja celebrations. The profound objective behind this peace mantra, as propounded in Upanishads, inspired even one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century – TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land. That poem finally ends with the same peace mantra — Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land.

It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment. There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna LilaRam Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”. Ancient sages in their meditation conceived and authored a number of treatises in which we find the elaborate approaches and procedures to evolve oneself spiritually through fun-filled dances and music. There are “ragas and layas” (musical modes and rhythm), which are meant to “recharge” the mind for the meditative concentrationThe objective behind being to climb up the ladders of realization of oneness and universal uniformity.

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There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna Lila, Ram Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation and not Fireworks. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”.

However, there is absolutely no scope or prescription for deriving pleasure or fun by causing pain and anxieties to others? How come bursting high decibel fireworks at 2 AM or 3 AM or 4 AM is puja? In fact, it is called “adharma” or irreligion leading to self-degeneration.

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Therefore, it is DIYA, as per Vedas, which symbolizes the LIGHT to dispel the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of vices, and bring forth the light of knowledge to awake the “inherent” divinity. Goddess Laxmi is the “flame” of feminine ENERGY in the infinite cosmic creation. So, indulging in earsplitting fireworks and causing continuous problem to HER creatures, and HER environment, is totally against the fundamental principle of the devotion in Hinduism. Very sadly, with the blasting of the fireworks in the name of Goddess Laxmi we have invariably set off the tank of vices alone.

Salil Gewali is a well-Known Writer and Author of ‘Great Minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali