Largest Hindu temple of New Jersey opening with elephant-lead procession
Grand opening and Maha Kumbhabhishekam of largest Hindu temple of New Jersey (USA), Hindu American Temple and Cultural Center in Marlboro, will be held on July one involving a live elephant, helicopter showering flowers, 50 priests, 45 days of rituals and over 10,000 people in attendance, according to reports.
The Muhurtham for the Maha Kumbhabhishekam is set at 10-38 am on July one. Consecration of about 20 India made images of deities constructed out of granite and glass-reinforced material will be held and devotees and priests from various parts of the world are expected to participate in the ceremonies to be held from June 28 to July four in this Center, also known by the names of Sri Krishnaji Mandir and Sri Guruvaayoorappan Temple, located in Morganville part of Marlboro.
Meanwhile, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of Center leaders and Marlboro and surrounding community to realize this wonderful Hindu temple complex.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this temple complex would focus in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
Reports suggest that procession with image of Lord Guruvaayoorappan on the top of an elephant, a chariot and vahanotsava of other deities, cultural programs, recitals, etc., will form part of the opening ceremonies of the Center; which besides the main sanctuary will also have a pool, fountains, lawns, multipurpose hall for events, classrooms, barn housing a cow and a calf and residences for the temple’s 12 priests; and will hold classes for various languages of India, free health screenings, food collections for area soup kitchens and fundraisers for disaster victims. About 700 community members were involved in Center planning.
The Prathishtapana-Kumbhabhishekam of this Center will be performed by temple pundits along with scholars from USA, India and other parts of the world. Center’s daily activities include Pancharathnam, Suprabhatham, Abhishekham, Parayanam, Aarti, besides other poojas. It also holds classes in Bharatnatyam, Carnatic Music, Gita Vichara, Hindi, Kannada, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Shlokas, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Telugu, Vedic Religion and Culture, Vishnu Sahasranama and Yoga; besides activities for children. Vahana (vehicle) Pooja costs 32.
Yegnasubramanian, R.G. Krishnan and S.S.Iyer are Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary respectively of the Board while Nandakumar Balija and V.Gundanna are President and Vice President respectively of Executive Committee.
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