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The priests also participated in a collective consecration ceremony which is supposed to imbue the statues and bring them to life so that they could see the devotees worshipping them.

Priest chanting mantras at "Yajna Vedi", Pixabay

Charleston (West Ashley), May 7, 2017: West Ashley is a distinct town in Charleston, South Carolina in North America. This city has a Hindu temple where the devotees come to meet their Gods from distant places, across the world.

What is fascinating that, few priests came from different parts of the world to be a witness of the rededication of the recently renovated building of the Hindu Temple and were received by hundreds of devotees.

After the renovation, 14 “murtis” were established at the temple in presence of the devotees. The priests also participated in a collective consecration ceremony which is supposed to imbue the statues and bring them to life so that they could see the devotees worshipping them.

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The room was filled with colors. Apples and bananas and grapes and coconuts covered with turmeric powder, pineapples and lemons and oranges, lentils and an abundance of flowers were offered to the gods.

The priests chanted Sanskrit mantras at the “yajna vedi” while several devotees seated themselves at the carpets. The majority of devotees consisted of Hindus, however, there were a few non-Hindu devotees too, mentioned report.

People sang songs to show their affection towards the deities and women clad in fine saris played on drums. The environment was filled with tranquility and solace.

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Peeyush Dwivedi, a lead organizer of the event said to, ”Devotees each have their favorite, and it’s very likely that here, in West Ashley, they will find the god considered a protector or a teacher, he said, and such a comprehensive ceremony is rare. Though temples are purified every 12 years, such consecrations are uncommon — and rarer still when multiple murtis are involved.”

The Indian community is on a rise in Charleston. Hindus are finding their place in almost all the walks of the life. The largest Indian community in Carolina is found in Columbus with a population of about 6000.

The Hindu temple here is about 25 years old. The “sthapana diwas” was visited by over 100s of devotees. The statues were made in Jaipur. The temple serves as a meeting place for the Hindu and Sikh community in the area with many devotees taking up to music and yoga classes. “It’s like the Woodstock of Hinduism,” Dwivedi joked.

The temple allows the Hindu community there to maintain their religious and cultural identity and to share the beauty of this religion with others.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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The Hindu Temple of Gulyana and Sikh Samadhi in Pakistan

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)