Friday March 22, 2019
Home Religion Vraj Temple l...

Vraj Temple launches its sixth edition of Independence Day fireworks show in US

Vraj temple is also known as Noontan Nadalaya and is dedicated to God ShriNathji (a manifestation of Krishna)

2
//
Vraj Temple Image Source: Flickr.com
  • Vraj temple was built with the purpose of spreading Hindu religion in the USA
  • Diwali is also celebrated in the temple with a similar fireworks show, unifying the two cultures
  • The temple is a renowned centre of the Pushti Bhakti Marg philosophy in North America

Built with the purpose of spreading Hinduism in the foreign land and nurturing younger generation with devotion and servitude towards their culture, Vraj Temple in Eastern Pennsylvania, USA, hosts its sixth edition of Independence day show on Saturday, July 2.

Speaking to Republican Herald, Pramod Amin, one of the leaders associated with the temple said, “This is the Western Hemisphere shrine. We don’t have a local congregation. People come for pilgrimage from all over the continent. So, tonight, out of the people visiting here, almost 85 percent are U.S. citizens. We consider it our duty because it is our Independence Day also because we are also Americans.”

Follow NewsGram on Twitter: @newsgram1

Interestingly, Diwali is also celebrated in the temple with a similar fireworks show, symbolizing the unification of the two cultures.

Lord ShriNathji at Vraj Temple, Image Source: Allhindutemples.com
Lord ShriNathji at Vraj Temple, Image Source: Allhindutemples.com

Reflecting on the celebrations of Diwali in India, Kiran Desai, the alderman at the temple, iterated, “In our religion and customs, fireworks are done during Diwali. That’s the last day of the Hindu calendar year. It generally occurs in October. Back home, we do the fireworks during this festival of light.”

Desai added, “But here, we adopted this country. So to celebrate our adopted homeland, the United States of America, we are celebrating the Independence Day of the U.S.”

Follow NewsGram on Facebook: NewsGram.com

Pyrotechnics are managed by a local in Ashland, for the temple intends to patronize local businesses.

Talking about the history of Independence Day celebrations at the temple, Rinkin Desai, manager at the temple explained to Republican Herald that they have had the fireworks show in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2014 and 2015.

While the footfall last year, in 2015, was overwhelming, the founder and the associated leaders expect more than 2,000 participants for the show this year.

The event last year was grand and also had fireworks that spelled out messages like ‘Welcome to Vraj’ and ‘Jai Shree Krishna.’

Founded in 1988, Vraj temple is also known as Noontan Nadalaya and is dedicated to God ShriNathji (a manifestation of Krishna).

Spread across 265 acres of picturesque estate, the temple is a renowned centre of the Pushti Bhakti Marg philosophy in North America.

Vraj also hosts cultural and social events organized by Indian communities, usually financed through donations.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram.

ALSO READ:

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    really good to know how these cultures blend

  • Aparna Gupta

    This would be interesting to see but they should take proper precautions.

Next Story

Supreme Court Signals Out Automobiles Cause Much More Pollution Than Burning Firecrackers

Making it clear that it does not want to generate "unemployment", the court said those who would lose their livelihood can't be compensated in terms of alternate jobs, financial or other support if the firecracker industry was shut down.

0
air pollution
Linking the plea for a ban on the manufacture, sale and bursting of firecrackers across the country with Article 19 (1)(g) guaranteeing the right to occupation, trade or business, a bench headed by Justice S.A. Bobde flagged the issue of loss of jobs if there was a clampdown on the firecracker manufacturing industry. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked why firecrackers were being singled out for rising pollution levels when automobiles caused much more pollution. It asked the Centre to apprise it with a comparative study of the two.

Linking the plea for a ban on the manufacture, sale and bursting of firecrackers across the country with Article 19 (1)(g) guaranteeing the right to occupation, trade or business, a bench headed by Justice S.A. Bobde flagged the issue of loss of jobs if there was a clampdown on the firecracker manufacturing industry.

Article 19 (1)(g) of the Constitution guarantees the right “to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business”.

crackers
Observing how there can be a ban on the firecracker industry whose operations were legal and licensed, Justice Bobde said the way out was not cancelling the license but there could be a change in the licensing conditions.
Pixabay

Sitting along with Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer, Justice Bobde said the issue had not been examined on the touchstone of Article 19 (1)(g) of the Constitution.

Making it clear that it does not want to generate “unemployment”, the court said those who would lose their livelihood can’t be compensated in terms of alternate jobs, financial or other support if the firecracker industry was shut down.

Observing how there can be a ban on the firecracker industry whose operations were legal and licensed, Justice Bobde said the way out was not cancelling the license but there could be a change in the licensing conditions.

crackers
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked why firecrackers were being singled out for rising pollution levels when automobiles caused much more pollution. Pixabay

The top court’s observations came in the course of hearing a PIL by a toddler — Arjun Gopal — seeking ban on the manufacture, sale and bursting of firecrackers across the country.

Also Read: Social Media Becomes Major Battleground For Political Parties,Twitter Starts Showing Billing Details Of Political Ads

Noting the work being done by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) to produce green firecrackers, the top court had in its last order asked NEERI and PESO to stick the timeline culminating in the bulk production of firecrackers based on the new formulations by May 10, 2019.

The top court had in October 2018 permitted the use of only green firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels during all religious festivals. (IANS)