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Monthly Newsletter of the Hindu Center of Virginia November 2010 THE RICHMOND TEMPLE Nootana Devalaya Kumbhabhishekam Pran Prathishta Mahotsav Thursday Nov.4 through Sunday Nov. 7, 2010 The grand opening of our new Richmond Temple is scheduled with Kumbhabhishekam & Pranprathishta of all the Murthis (Vigrahas). This festival(Mahotsav) includes purification and sanctification of all Murthis(Vigraha) and the temple. Also all the Murthis will be ―juvenated‖ (installation of jeeva or life) through Vedic chanting and invocation with various Havans(Homam) being performed by numerous high-priests assembled in Richmond, VA from all over the world. Maha Abhishekam(Kumbhabhishekam) will be performed with sanctified holy water on all the kalashas and Murthis(Vigraha). Please participate and witness this once in a lifetime event in Richmond, VA. http://www.HinduCenterOfVirginia.org/pp 6051 Springfield Rd. Glen Allen, Va – 23060. For more details, please contact: November 2010 Gopi Jadhav ( 804.543.4595) , Jayesh Kapadia ( 804.360.7077), Rambabu Chirumamilla ( 804.896.6463 ) November 2010 2 Daily Puja Schedule Puja Calendar for November 2010 Daily Aarti (Except Purnamashi) 7:30 PM Mon, Nov 1 7:00 PM Siva Abhishekam Mon (Shiva Abhishekam) 6:45 PM Wed, Nov 3 6:00 PM Pradosha Puja / Siva Abhishekam Tue (Hanuman Chalisa) 7:00 PM Diwali Thu, Nov 4 Wed (Vishnu Sahasranamam) 7:00 PM Pranaprathista Mahotsav begins Fri (Lalitha Sahasranamam) 7:00 PM Fri, Nov 5 Pranaprathista Mahotsav Sat, Nov 6 Pranaprathista Mahotsav Announcements Sun, Nov 7 Maha Kumbhabhishekam For those interested, upcoming dates: Thu, Nov 11 6:30 PM Skanda Shashti (See Flyer Inside) Ekadasi: Tue 11/2, Tue 11/16, Wed 12/1 and Thu 12/16 Mon, Nov 15 7:00 PM Siva Abhishekam and Siva Puja Tue, Nov 16 7:00 PM Hanuman Abhishekam and Hanuman Chalisa Kumbha Abhishekam Announcements Wed, Nov 17 7:00 PM Krishna Abhishekam 1) During four days of Kumbha Ab- 6:00 PM Pradosha Puja Thu, Nov 18 7:00 PM Sri Rama Abhishekam hishekam, devotees are advised Fri, Nov 19 7:00 PM Maha Lakshmi Abhishekam & Lalitha Sahasranamam that Temple will arrange for fruits, 11:00 AM Navagraha Abhishekam milk, etc for Pujas and Ab- 12:00 PM Balaji Abhishekam & Vishnu Sahasranamam Sat, Nov 20 6:00 PM Ayappan Abhishekam hishekams, Homams etc We sin- 7:00 PM Satyanarayana Puja (Poornima) cerely request devotees not to bring 11:00 AM Durga Abhishekam above items to Temple. Sun, Nov 21 12:00 PM Ganesha Abhishekam Bhajans by Manju Joshi and Group 5:30 PM Sri Subramanian Abhishekam / Thiru Kartikai Puja 2) Flower garlands will be available Mon, Nov 22 7:00 PM Siva Abhishekam and Siva Puja (for a small donation to temple) to Tue, Nov 23 7:00 PM Hanuman Abhishekam and Hanuman Chalisa offer to New Murthies ( Deities) on Wed, Nov 24 7:00 PM Krishna Abhishekam Sat Nov 6th and Sun Nov 7th at 7:00 PM Sri Rama Abhishekam Thu, Nov 25 Registration Desks. Fri, Nov 26 7:00 PM Maha Lakshmi Abhishekam & Lalitha Sahasranamam 11:00 AM Navagraha Abhishekam 3) Also devotees can participate and Sat, Nov 27 12:00 PM Balaji Abhishekam & Vishnu Sahasranamam 6:00 PM Ayappan Abhishekam be recognized in "Annadhan Spon- 11:00 AM Sri Subramanian Abhishekam sorship" program with a donation Sun, Nov 28 12:00 PM Ganesha Abhishekam Amrithvani by Amrithvani Group led by Dinanath Kukereja of $51/- for two days event or $101/ 5:00 PM Durga Abhishekam - for four day event or Mahotsav. Mon, Nov 29 7:00 PM Siva Abhishekam and Siva Puja Tue, Nov 30 7:00 PM Hanuman Abhishekam and Hanuman Chalisa 4) Please refrain from Photography in our New Temple Hall Mandala Puja and Abhishekham A mandalam consists of 48 days. In order to reinforce the sanctity and divinity 5) Devotees now can sponsor Kalash of the idols of deities, special pujas are conducted starting on the fourth day, Puja Sponsorship ON LINE ar after Kumbhabhishekam (11th Nov). Daily Abhishekam and Puja are performed Hindu Center Web site and pay for for all the deities everyday (evenings on week days and mornings on week- it by using Paypal system. ends. The pujas will conclude with a special puja and Abhishekam on the 48th day — 28th Dec. 6) Be part of this Historic Event and Devotees are requested to sponsor the Abhishekham for their Ishta Devata or participate and Sponsor a Puja and Sarva Devata. Receive Divine Blessings. This His- toric event will be recorded and Sponsorship for Ishta Devata - $25 videographed and archived by Sponsorship for Sarva Devata - $101 VCU School of History and Reli- If you wish to sponsor, please contact the temple priests or the religious com- gious Studies. mittee. November 2010 3 Hindu Center of VA Celebrates Skanda Shashti Thursday, November 11, 2010 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M The story of Skanda Shashti is the story of the birth of Skanda or Kumara and the fulfillment of the purpose of His divine incarnation. "Tormented by the asura (demon/anti God) Ta- rakasura, the devas with Indra at their head went to the world of the self born the creator". (Kumara Sambhava 2.1) The creator said "Only the spark of Shiva can produce the hero who will defeat the powers of the evil". The penance of Parvathi and the sacrifice of Kama aroused Shiva from his Samadhi. However, none could bear the sparks of His fiery seed. It fell into the mouth of Agni, and afterwards received by Ganges, who in turn threw it into Sara Vana (forest of arrow like grass). Thus Saravanabava was born. He was also Skanda - Shiva's power of chastity preserved through penance. Skanda was raised by the six mothers of the divine constellation of Krithikai (pleiades). Karthikeya divided himself into six babies to be nursed by six mothers. When Parvathi came and gathered all the six babies, He be- came Aarumukha - the one with the six faces and one body. Aarumukha became Kumara - the powerful virile adolescent who was also the beautiful and the handsome (Muruga). He was made the General (Deva Senapathi) of the God's army". Skanda received from his mother Parasakthi an all powerful Vel (lance). He engaged the armies of Simhamukha, Sura- padman and Tarakasura on a six-day battle and vanquished all of them. The Asuras were annihilated and the Devas were liberated. The sixth day (Sashti) of the waxing moon (sukhla) in the month of Ashada (Oct/Nov) is celebrated as Skandha Sashti. Puja Schedule 6:30 P.M. - Puja and Abhishekam of Lord Kartikeya (Murugan) 6:45 P.M. - Alankaram, Skanda Sashti Kavacham, and Bhajans 7:15 P.M. - Shri Kartikeya Astotaram (108 names) and Mantra Pushpam 7:45 P.M. - Aarti (Nadabindu and Mahamangal) Sponsorship Entire Ceremony: $101 Abhishekam & Puja: $51 Archana: $11 Contact for Details Mallika Natarajamurthy (741-5626) Meena Ilakkuvan (935-0190) Priest Kannan (346-9954) Lakshmi Sridhar (741-0817) Uma Chetty (364-1686) Priest Rajagopal (549-1492) Latha Thiaga (217-9911) Venkat Chettiar (346-8238) Rama Jadhav (754-2138) November 2010 4 Dear Fellow Devotees, It gives us great pleasure to invite you along with your family and friends to the Pran Pratishtha Mahot- sav of the new Richmond temple. This is truly a momentous and a once in a lifetime occasion. Please spread the word and join us in making the coming 4 day Kumhabhishekam ceremony, a celebration that will befit such a joyous and historic occasion. With warm regards, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Pran Pratishtha Committee, Hindu Center of Virginia ASSEMBLY TIMINGS Puja Information Thursday Nov. 4th, 2 PM at Current temple Mahasankalpam for all Kalasha sponsors will be per- Friday Nov. 5th, 8 AM at Yaagshala formed on Thu, Nov. 4th, at 4 PM in the current temple Friday Nov. 5th, 4 PM at Yaagshala All KALASHAS will be placed in Yagshala by priests Devotees who have sponsored Ishtadevata Puja and Sar- Saturday Nov. 6th, 8 AM at Yaagshala vadevata Puja, can participate in respective deity (devata) Saturday Nov. 6th, 4 PM at Yaagshala Homam on Friday Nov. 5th & Saturday Nov. 6th Sunday Nov. 7th, 7 AM at Yaagshala Morning between 9 AM – 11 AM Priest Information Evening between 5 PM – 8 PM A team of 12 priests from all over the world is be- Details of daily Puja program will be provided to all ing assembled to perform Kumbha Abhishekam devotees during assembly time & Pranprathistha. The above team of priests will Special Diwali Laxmi Puja celebrations will be per- be performing pujas along with temple priests. formed at current temple on Thursday Nov. 4th between 6 PM – 7 PM. PARKING INFORMATION Special Annkut ceremony will be performed in the cur- For your convenience, parking will be available rent temple on Saturday Nov. 6th between 10 AM – 11 at current temple lot on Thursday, Nov. 4th & AM. This program is conducted by Gujrati families and Friday, Nov. 5th coordinated by Sadu Kapadia, Sangita Patel, Arti Shah, Parking for Saturday Nov. 6th & Sunday, Nov. 7th Pina Gandhi, Bina Shah & Bhal Patel. All are welcome. has been arranged at Glen Allen High School (10700 Staples Mills Road, Glen Allen VA 23060) Bhajans will be sung by team of volunteers coordinatd by A shuttle service will be available between Temple Dinanath Kukreja on Friday Nov. 5th and Saturday Nov. and Glen Allen High School. For your convenience, 6th in designated tent: we will also have a designated drop off point in the Morning between 10 AM – 11 AM temple parking on Saturday and Sunday. Evening between 6 PM – 7:30 PM Handicap parking will be available at current temple on all FOUR DAYS. Blessed Kalash, Silver Coins & Vigrahas distri- We will have a team of volunteers and Henrico bution: police available to help devotees. Your safety and Priests will distribute prasad to all puja sponsors in the des- convenience are our top priorities and we thank ignated tent on Sunday Nov. 7th from 3 PM onward. all devotees in advance for adherence to above Devotees will be required to present their numbered “claim guidelines. coupon” (attached to tax deductible receipts) to collect Note: Festival is open to public. Everyone is wel- come. Prasad. November 2010 5 Thursday, November 4 2010 2.00 pm Registration Assembly at current temple 4.00 pm Prarthana Mahasankalpam Ganapati and Vishwaksena Aradhana Punyavachanam Raksha bandhanam 6.00 pm Mahalakshmi Pooja/ Abhishekham, Diwali Celebrations 7.00 pm Yaagashala pravesham Kumbha Sthapanam Ankurarpanam 8.00 pm Kalashaadhivaasam 9.00 pm Bimba Jalaadivaasam 9.30 pm Aarti and Dinner Friday, November 5 2010 8.00 am. Assembly 9.00 am. Ganapati and Vishwaksena Aradhana Dhwaja Kumbha Aradhana 11.00 am Vastu pooja and homam Ganapati homam 12.00 Dhaanyadivaasam 1.00 pm Aarati and Lunch 5.00 pm. Ganapati and Vishwaksena Aaradhana Punyavachanam Maha kumbha sthapanam Murthi homams 8.00 pm Poornaahuti 8.30 pm Pushpadhivaasam 9.30 pm Aarati and Dinner November 2010 6 Saturday, November 6 2010 8.00 am Assembly 9.00 am Ganapati and Vishwaksena Aradhana Punyavachanam, Kumbha Aaradhanam, Murthi homams Jagannath Sthapanam and Pooja 10.00 am Annakut Pooja & Celebration (at Old Temple) 11.00 am Poornahuti 11.30 am Panchagavya Sthapanam 12.00 pm Netronmeelanam and Bimba Raksha Bandhanam 01.00 pm Aarati and Lunch 04.00 pm Assembly 05.00 pm Ganapati and Vishawaksena Aradhana Punyavachanam, Kumbha Aaradhanam, Murthi homams 08.00 pm Shayanaadhivaasam Shodasa-nyaasahomam Jeevadhi Tatvanyasa Homam 09.00 pm Aarati and Dinner Sunday, November 7 2010 7.00 am Assembly 7.30 am Ganapati and Vishwaksena Aradhana Punyavachanam, Sarvadevatha Murthi homam Ayyappa Sthapanam and Pooja 10.00 am Conclusion of Ayyappa Pranapratishtha 10.15 am Poornahuti 11.00 am Mahakumbha abhishekham 12.00 pm Pranapratishthaapanam for all deities 12.30 pm Maha-Abhishekam 01.00 pm Alankaaram 01.45 pm Maha aarati 02.00 pm Shattumarai, Teertham and Lunch 03.00 pm Kalash/Prasad Distribution 05.00 pm Assembly 06.00 pm Kalyana utsavam for all deities 09.00 pm Aarati and Dinner November 2010 7 Key Words and their meanings Kumbhabhishekam ceremony consists of pouring the consecrated water on the deities and gopurams, vimanams and shikharams of the temple. Yagasala is a place with five homakundas each for vaishnavite and saivaite homams (havans) placed ac- cording to agama sastras. Mahasankalpam is the main sankalpam for the whole function pledging to perform Kumbhabhishekam to receive the blessings of the Lord for health, wealth, happiness, long life for the whole family and humanity at large. Punyavachanam is recitation of vedic mantras to sanctify the waters in the kalashas. Ankurarpanam is symbolic function of seeding grains with water, milk to denote inogration of this festi- val. Kalasaadivasam all kalashas small and large are established in their positions. Jaladivasam all the stone idols are immersed in water. Vastu Homa is to appease the forces and flow of energy through our temple. Dhanyaadivasam all stone idols will be immersed in grains. Murthy Homa all the deities installed in our temple are invoked into each of the homa kundas and appro- priate homas are performed reciting mantras appropriate for the deity. Poorna Ahuthi conclusion of the day’s homams (havans). Panchkavya Sthapanam is purification process of deities with Tulsi soil, cow dung, milk, yogart and ghee. Netronmeelanam opening of the eyes of all deities performed by Shilpi and viewing the image of the idol in mirror first time. Mahakumbhabhishekam is done to all kalashas (Kumbhas) on the Vimanas (sikharams) of the temple. It is an auspicious event and all devotees will be blessed to receive the sacred waters. Pranaprathishta is final step in the sanctification of all the idols. By this process the idols are trans- formed into Archa murthies (deities) and the Sannidhis (house of gods) become Sanctums. The divine presence in the Homa kundas (havans) and kalashas will be transported to the idols by a mystique through the silver wire. Mahabhishekam grand abhishekam with vedic chanting will be performed for all the deities simultane- ously (a sight to be remembered for a lifetime). Sattumurai recitation of Prabandam and vedic chanting. November 2010 8 PRASAD (Food) distribution during Mahotsav Light breakfast served between 8 – 11 AM on Friday, Nov. 5th, Saturday Nov. 6th & Sunday Nov. 7th Lunch and dinner will be served after Mahamangla Aarti daily Special food boxes will be available as needed for: Senior citizens Small children People with medical need Drinking water will be available at all times for all devotees Thursday Nov. 4th evening dinner is kindly donated by Malayalam & Tamil families Friday Nov. 5th Lunch is kindly donated by Ram Pariwar: Shiv & Neelu Khanna, Meera & Ram Gupta, Sarojini & Seetaram Deevi, Veena & Dinanath Kukreja, Asha & Sudhir Jain, Radhika & Sanjay Thi- runagari, Sudha & Rajinder Dubey, Lakshmi & Jeevan Ramgiri, Venkat Koppuru, Poonam Mathur, Leena & Rakesh Chug, Alka & Madhur Sappal. Friday Nov. 5th Dinner is kindly donated by Kannada families & friends Saturday Nov. 6 th Lunch is kindly donated by Gujrati families Saturday Nov. 6 th Dinner is kindly donated by Oriya families and Marathi families and friends Sunday Nov. 7 th Lunch is kindly donated by Telugu families and local restaurants: Lehja, Anokha, Rajput, Malabar & Royal India Sunday Nov. 7 th Dinner is provided by Sunita Talegaonkar & Friends Breakfast on Friday Nov 5th and Saturday Nov 6th will be kindly provided by Mrs. Pratima Prasad and friends Breakfast on Sunday Nov. 7th is kindly provided by: Kshitij & Preetha Agrawal, Gaurav & Ruchi Bhar- gava, Venkat & Sripriya Chettiar, Surya & Alka Dhakar, Lokesh & Shilpi Golia, Sanjay & Seema Mit- tal, Ram & Suguna Pai, Prashant & Dipika Patel, Ravi & Pratima Prasad Food program is coordinated by Ram Pai Decoration Team for inside New Temple lead by Vasanthy Kurup, Harsha Patel, Shashi Agarwal, Mina Midha and friends. Decoration for outside of New Temple and Yaga shala, lead by RamaJad- hav, Uma Popli, Harsha Patel and friends. Request For Volunteers URGENT MEDICAL AID Volunteers are the heart and soul of such a massive under- Dr Anup Gokli has offered his Medical Ser- taking. We appreciate the generous support and commitment vices during MAHOTSAV “ON A NEED BASIS” in our Temple Trailer. from our community to make this event a grand success. Additional URGENT Medical Care will be It’s still not too late. If interested, please sign-up to volun- provided at “DOCTOR CARE” at 10220 teer by contacting Badri Pulvarthi at (804) 306-1494, or Staples Mills Road, Glen Allen. email at email@example.com. Please note that Pran Patishtha for Jain As you attend the festivities, please be sure to thank our deities is scheduled from Friday, Nov 12th many volunteers. One easy way to make their job easier is to through Sunday, Nov 14th. 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The Temple serves our religious, spiritual and social needs. Members get significant discounts on pujas and hall rental fees. Please become a regular supporting member of your temple. You can enroll yourself to receive our electronic monthly newsletter by using list server at hinducenterofvir- ginia.org web page. The Life Membership dues are $2000.00 for single &$2001.00 for a couple. Annual dues are now 101.00.. The membership dues are generally tax deductible. Please contact Harindran Theruvath (744-8578), Sikha Ray(464- 2076), Smita Bankley (201-4110) or Deep Janardhanan(269- 6198) for more information on membership. Harindran Theruvath Membership Director November 2010 14 Web: www.TheMittalTeam.com Email: MittalTeam@Gmail.com Consistently named top producer, Seema contin- ues to attain recognition among the top produc- ers in the Richmond Association of Realtors®. 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Sunday: 9:30 A.M to 2:00 P.M 5:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M For special occasions, please contact the Priest or any one of the Religious Directors. Directions: Take Exit 49-B on I-295 West. Turn right on Springfield Road. Temple is on your left. Phone: (804) 346-9954 Donate Generously for the New Richmond Temple Celebrating our 15th Birthday. Order ANY Din- ner Entrée of your choice for only $10 Call for Affordable Professional Catering Any Occasion, Any Size, Anywhere 9051 West Broad St. (804) 965-6345 www.indiakraja.com November 2010 16
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