The following are the special events that will be celebrated at the Temple in the month of March 2014. Please check the Temple Calendar for all the regularly scheduled pujas.
On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanthi (original calendar date is April 14th), Hanuman (maruti) Havan will be performed in the Temple Patio this weekend on April 19 (saturday) starting at 6:30 pm.
Hanuman Jayanti - To mark the birth of Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated all over I in the month ofChaitra in Hindu calendar. Hanumanji, the beloved devotee of Lord Rama is always to be admired. Originally called Maruti,Hanumanji is the son of Anjani and Kesari; though He is also called Pavanputra, the son of the wind god. He is the avatar of Lord Shiva, and is known by other names such as Anjaneya,Anjaniputra, Bajarangbali, Kesari Nandan, Mahaveer, andShankara Suvana.
Where Hanuman is, there are Sri Rama and Sri Sita and wherever Sri Rama and Sri Sita are praised and their deeds recited, there Hanuman is.
He was well versed in the four Vedas and other sacred books. His valour, wisdom, knowledge of the scripturesand had extraordinary skill in warfare.
He was the chosen messenger, warrior and servant of Sri Rama.
He was the votary and devotee of Lord Rama. Rama was his all in all.
He lived to serve Rama. He lived in Rama. He lived for Rama..not a tinge of selfishness in his actions. All his actions were offerings unto Lord Rama
The great Hanuman is known for its great strength, power and his immortal devotion towards Lord Rama. He is considered to be a greatest follower of Lord Rama and played a crucial role in his life. He is also known as Sankat Mochan who people remember in both good and bad times. He is considered to be as one of the most powerful Hindu gods in India. Hanuman is considered as a symbol of Power and great strength in Hindu mythology
Hanuman Jayanti is an occasion to remember Lord Hanuman's unbridled devotion to Lord Rama and his feats of daring.
In Ramayana, the extraordinary role of Lord Hanuman, an exemplary devotee of Lord Rama, is very well detailed out in situations requiring strength, will-power and courage
Worship of Lord Hanuman symbolizes in our individual life “The Pursuit of Excellence”.
In Ramayana it is mentioned that Hanuman saved the nine planets during the war from the clutches of King Raavana. And as a favor for saving them, the planets blessed Lord Hanuman by saying that any malefic effects of the 9 planets can be averted by praying to Lord Hanuman alone.
Conceptually, Hanuman is the mind. Rama is the soul; it is the surrender of mind to soul, matter to spirit. Hanuman is power personified. The Hanuman in us is fearlessness and doing what comes naturally to us, maintaining a balanced and steady approach. Identify your latent potential
Hanuman is humble, brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did what others could not do—crossing the ocean simply by uttering Ram-Nam, burning the city of Lanka, and bringing the sanjeeviniherb and restoring Lakshmana to life again
Lord Rama Himself said to Sri Hanuman, “I am greatly indebted to you, O mighty hero! I will always remaindeeply indebted to you.I give you the boon of everlasting life. All will honour and worship you like Myself. Yourmurti will be placed at the door of My temple and you will be worshipped and honoured first. Whenever Mystories are recited or glories sung, your glory will be sung before Mine.
Lord Hanuman has many accomplishments. Sri Rama once praised Hanumanji to be as dear to him as Bharat, Sri Rama's younger brother. Lord Hanuman acted out of love and devotion as He carried Lord Rama's message across the sea to mother Sita imprisoned in Lanka. Through His life,Hanumanji has become the greatest role model a person could have as He possesses the following eight noble virtues for which we should all strive.
Buddih = Intelligence
Ravana punished Lord Hanuman for trespassing on the city of Lanka by setting His tail on fire. Hanumanji responded by setting fire to the houses in Lanka, thereby destroying its pride. During this adventure, Lord Hanuman was also able to take a good look at Lanka and Ravana's security forces.
Balam = Strength
Balam means to be strong in not only body but mind also. On one occasion, Hanumanji lifted an entire mountain to bring some Sanjeevani to save Lakshmana's life during the war.
Yasas = Fame
By working hard and doing things right, one is able to acquire fame. There are millions of ordinary people in the world, but only a few famous ones. Lord Hanuman gains His fame by selflessly and incessantly doing work for Lord Rama in this manner.
Dhairyam = Courage
Courage is to stand up for yourself and others in need.Hanumanji defeated many rakshasas to protect other vanaras.
Nirbhayatvam = Fearlessness
When you do what is right, God will save shelter you. Even when apart, Hanumanji always believed serving Lord Rama would protect him.
Arogata = Good Health
Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji said, "What you have is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to Him." Hanumanji was blessed with strength and wisdom. He used these gifts to endlessly serve Sri Ram.
Ajadyam = Alertness
Hanumanji was always alert with respect to His duty to Lord Rama. He was never lazy and ever diligent; therefore His efforts were always successful.
Vakpatutvam = Eloquence of Speech
Know when to speak, what to speak, and how to speak. When Lord Hanuman saw mother Sitaji sitting in Ashokvana, He sang about Lord Rama's life to calm her and get her trust with His wise choice of words.
Hanumanji should always be looked up to and admired because of these eight qualities. In fact, it is said that worshiping Lord Hanuman will lead us to the feet of Sri Rama - the abode of pure love.
Having desired what ought to be desired, Hold on till you succeed;
Having thought what ought to be thought, Hold on till you succeed.
Disgusted with you, He should yield to you!
When you ask, ask with fervour.
That is what a devotee should do.
A devotee should never accept defeat and go away.
April 26 (saturday) 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Puja fees: $51
Puja by: Panditji Brijesh
The Temple will be performing a Special Shani Puja and Abhishekam on April 26th (Saturday) from 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the Navagraha Mandir on the occasion of SHANI TRAYODASHI. This will be followed by a Special Shiva Abhishekam in the Main Temple from 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm.
Pradosham means the removal of sins. Pradosham is Trayodashi day. There are two Pradosham days in a month. One in Krishna Paksha and another in Shukla Paksha. Pradosham times are the windows of opportunity to remove Karma or Karmic energies that limit our potential in this current life. When Trayodasi happens on aSaturday, it is observed as Shani Pradosh or Shani Trayodasi. Shani Deva is one among the Nava Grahas. People beleive that, those who worship Shiva during the great sacred time of Shani Trayodasi (Pradosh time) will free them from the results of all the sins.
There are only 3 dates for Shani Pradosham dates in 2014 - 12th April, 26th April, 6th September
Temple 13th Anniversary Celebrations:
The day the God's idols or Statues get invoked by God's energy (Prana Prathista) will be celebrated every year as Anniversary of the Temple or Pathotsav.
In our scriptures it is advised to do Abhishek and Puja of the God's statues on the Anniversary time every year. By doing so we can keep the brightness of the idols, increase the divine energy and keep away the negative effects. During the year if there were mistakes in getting the puja done as per the vedic prescribed procedures or if the God's have not been fed or given water or given Deep Neerajan on time or not given night time services or Temple has not been properly protected during or after Surya or Chandra grahan time - the rishis have advised to do Maha Abhishek during the Temple Anniversary time to remove these negative effects.
It is also said in the scriptures that - when we do the necessary Anniversary Abhishek for the God's - they protect every one in the town and their families from feast, famine, sadness, poverty, fire accidents, water accidents and sudden deaths etc,.and bless us with health, wealth and happiness.
In this Mahaabhishek, We use 108 Kalas (water vessel) filled with different items for giving bath to all the Gods using milk, yogurt,ghee, honey, sugar, gangajal, etc.
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