St. Louis: The Hindu Temple of St. Louis conducted Vaibhavotsavam during September 1-3 in the form of Homams to all temple deities, and Srinivasa Kalyanam.
Utsavam in reference to worship is conducting of a ritual worship on a grand scale. The temple has undertaken elaborate efforts to conduct this event as per scriptures.
The event started with ceremonial entering of the Yagashala devotees who were given deeksha with clothes to be worn for the next 3 days.
After Agnimathananam, the start of fire by friction, for the homam, was conducted, Ganesh Homam was performed followed by Mantrapushpam and Prasadam to conclude the Day 1 events.
Day 2 events commenced with Yagashala Pravesham and Ganesha Pooja. Later, Kalasasthapana and Chatusthana Archana were conducted.. Sudarshana Homa in the morning session and Chandi Homa in the evening session were conducted as Pradhana Homas.
The Homas continued on the Day 3 with Rudra Homa. Prior to homa, the priests chanted Mahanyasam.
After every homa purnahuti was offered with precious elements, ratnas and herbs in a silk cloth. After the purnahuti of each session, the devotees followed the priests in circumabulating the yogashala.
The president Sharath Rao thanked Mrs. Padmasai Dammalapati, chair of pooja committee for takeing alead along with Dr. Venkat Dharmavarapu, Prasad Bokka, Prasanna Ayer, Hari Kanuri and Phani Raju Nachu. President also thanked chairs of the committees, Raja Shankar Kasinaduni, Mrs Rajyalakshmi Naidu, Hema Bagavondoss, Kanta Ro Minneganit, Prasad Swarna for their continued support. The event was helped by many vonunteers lead by Ratnasri Mogalapu, Rama Rao Kaza, Vishweswara Rao Kaza, Harihara Thotapalli, Pavan Kumar, Gopal, Anjali Mehta and ohters including the children from temple youth group. President also thanked to all the priests including those who travelled from other temples.(IANS)