Kavadi Aattam Celebration - Pooja for the Kavadis, Dance, Abhishekam for Lord Murugha, and Special Pooja in the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana.
Shubha Deepawali to everyone!
Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar performed Sri Lakshmi Pooja in the evening to fulfill all the wishes from the devotees. May this festival bring lots of happiness, prosperity, and peace in your family. The celebration was held at HTCI Temple from 6 PM to 9 PM and about 900 plus devotees participated in the event. Followed with Maha Prasadam and Fireworks at night.
Just a reminder - Tomorrow, we have Solar Eclipse visible in US from 3:45 to 8 PM EST and HTCI Temple will be closed in the evening.
May God bless you all - Sarve Jana Sukinov Bhavanthu.
Karva Chauth is a one-day festival observed mainly in North India where all married women fast from Sunrise to Moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. North Indian women in Indianapolis performed Karva Chauth at the Hindu Temple of Indianapolis where Women dressed up with beautiful outfits (Sarees) and performed the Pooja to take blessings from the God. During this ceremony, various Kathas (historic and religious married stories) are told by older women in the family, including narratives of Karva Chauth. Please take a look at the images from the event.
Some of Buddhist Monks Visited our Hindu Temple in Indianapolis, IN on Friday, October 10th in the evening. Monks performed evening aarathi with other devotees. It was wonderful experience to have our neighbor country's Priests (Monks) visit our Temple.
Navarathri celebration is huge throughout the ten days with various Alankarams to the Deities and special Poojas for the community groups. Bhagavathi Seva is one of the highlights of the event from Kerala community. Please take a look at some beautiful images of the Lamp with Saree decorations.
Thanks for sharing the photos with us Krishna Kumar (KP) - Thanks to HTCI temple!
Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar has performed Sri Krishna Janmastami in Louisville, Kentucky (residence). There was lot of confusion on which day to celebrate the Pooja; some were saying in September and others were not even sure about the Krishna Janmastami dates. However, some Hindu Temples around the world celebrated Sri Krishna Janmastami on Astami (8th) day. As Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar and other Bhattar families in US and India are Swayamaacharya Sampradhaya followers - Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar was confident to perform the Pooja on Monday, August 18th which is Krishna's actual birth month (Simha Maasa) and birth star (Rohini Nakshatra).
We had picked Govardhana Giri as the Theme for this year - here are some details that from Wikipedia "According to ancient Vaishnava legends the Vedic Deva (demigod a kin to guardian angel), Indra (god of rain & lightning) was feared by human beings because he would either give the people no rain or flood them if he was not satisfied with their worship. When Krishna found out, he opposed the performance of sacrificial worship for Indra. He emphasized the importance of karma and doing ones duty. This made Indra angry at the boy Krishna (one of the incarnations of the Supreme God. Indra thus invoked many clouds to appear in the sky and schemed to flood the region with rains lasting for seven days and seven nights. Krishna in reply then lifted Govardhan hill, under which all the animals and people of the region took shelter, safe from the rains of Indra's fury. Ultimately, Indra accepted defeat. He offered his prayers and left to his heavenly kingdom" The Pooja was a grand success with full Devotion, Bhajans, Keerthanas, etc. and later accompanied by our family relatives.
In olden days, they were making 108 different variety of snacks apart from fruits and vegetables. Smt. Seetalakshmi Bhattar has prepared more than 10 variety of snacks for Sri Krishna. Please take a look at some photos and videos from the Pooja.
Sri Andal Wedding in Indianapolis, IN
Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar performed Sri Andal Kalyanotsavam along with Badarinath in the Hindu Temple, Indianapolis, IN which is one of the Sravana Maasa's special event. Devotees participated with full devotion and lots of Prasadams were made for the wedding. Special garlands and plenty of flowers were the highlight for the event. Event started with the procession inside the temple along with bhajans and keerthanas (songs) were offered.
Please have a look at the images from the event.
Sri Sudharshana Homam and Pooja - performed by Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar in Cincinnati, OH. We setup the table and the kalashas and other arrangements were made previous day. It was nice to have elders (devotee parents) to be present for the event. Entire family supported well for the pooja with full devotion - even the kids were productive for the pooja. May the Lord bless the family and others who witnessed the pooja with wealth, prosperity, peace and much more. Please take a look at the pictures from the event.
Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar has performed Sri Ganesha Havan and Pooja in Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, July 27 2014. There were many participants attended the event to get the blessing from lord Ganesha. Below pictures are coming from Temple Gallery Page - Thanks for the Images!
After performing Sri Bhagavathi Seva in Tampa, FL - I had a chance to perform this pooja here in Indy. The devotees were enjoyed the pooja with full devotion and bhakthi - may the GOD bless this family and the devotees who atended this pooja.
In Bhagavathi Seva, one can see the principles of Thanthra in a simplified form. The ‘Padmam’ which is used as a seat for the Devi is a symbolic representation of the Brahmanda (Universe). Five colors, which are the symbols of ‘Panchabhootas’ (Five elements), are used to make the Padmam. Avahana of the Devi (Invocation) is the simplified version of the Pratishta (Installation). (Source from Kerala Thanthra)
Bhattarji has performed Sri Sudarshana Pooja & Homam in Usha & Hebbar's house at Columbus, Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 15. The auspicious day was perfect to perform the Pooja, where friends and relative were able to participate. May the Lord Sri Sudarshana provide peace, health, wealth, happiness, prosperity and much more to the family and friends who were present.
Sarve Jana Sukinow Bhavanthu - Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar
A special alankaram applied for lord Siva in Florida, Tampa temple. So special, that it seemed that lord was re-born. Please see some beautiful images below.
Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar has performed Sri Rudra Abhishekam in Pikeville, KY. He was also accompanied by Sri Narasimha Bhattar. Please take a look at the pics below.
Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar had a chance to perform the Kumbabhisham and Prana Prathistapan ceremony from May 6th to 12th at the Hindu Temple of Dayton, Dayton, OH. There were many priests present from the various temples to participate in this ceremony. Daily there was recitations for Sri Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu Deities with special poojas of Vastu homam, Tulasi pooja, Agni Pratistapana, Maha Ganapati pooja, Kalasha pooja, Ganapathi Atharvashersha, Mantra Pushpam, Sri Suktam, and aarathi. May the Lord bless the Dayton, OH temple and their devotees. Please take a look at some beautiful pics below from the event.
Sri Ramaswamy Bhattar (I) had performed Sri Satyanarayana Pooja in Tampa, Florida. It was nice experience to go to the devotees place to perform the pooja. The Satyanarayana photo was very big and beautiful - see pic below. May the lord bless this family!