July 2014 \
Temples In The USA

By Dr Cauvery Ganapathy, Arul Louis
  • Mr Rajan Zed

Mr Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, has said that Sri Bhaktha Anjaneya Temple in Ijamsville, Maryland, currently under construction on a 43-acre lot, will be consecrated on August 31. Religious and cultural programs will form part of its Maha Kumbhabhishekam ceremonies between August 29 and September 1, including poojas, homams, pravachanam, aarathi. The auspicious moment of Kumbhabhishekam is stated to be between 10.45 am to 11.30 am on August 31.

Sridharan Vadyar, Balakrishna Bhat, Venkatesh Vadyar, Thyagu Sastri, Ganesan Grukkal and NSS Raghavan are priests of this temple, which is described as "a full service Hindu temple" and whose tagline is "Yatho Dharmha Thatho Jayaha". Sivasubramanian is the General Manager.

Ijamsville, whose history goes back to 1785, is an unincorporated community in Frederick County of Maryland.

NEW JERSEY: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA, currently under construction, will reportedly be spread over 162 acres and be ready in 2017 with an estimated cost of over USD 150 million.

“Mandir Mahotsav”, a series of celebrations and ceremonies to inaugurate this intricate hand-carved temple, also known as Akshardham Mahamandir, will be held on August 10 in the presence of Sadguru Pujya Mahant Swami, Sadguru Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami and Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami.

About 2,000 artisans are said to be working in Rajasthan crafting various parts of the temple, which will finally be assembled by master craftsmen in Robbinsville. Besides marble from Rajasthan, Italian marble is also being used. A team of about 5,000 people is looking after the project in Robbinsville, reports suggest. Its main building will reportedly consist of four floors and will include an exhibit on India’s culture and history, an activity centre for youth, and ornate pillars and panels showing images from Mahabharata, Ramayana.

HELSINKI: A Yoga Gate has been launched at the Helsinki Airport. Mr Zed has described it a step in the right direction. Located in “harmonious Kainuu space”, open round-the-clock near gate 30, passengers can take part in instructed yoga classes, using instructions provided in the space. Yoga mats were also provided and “Jet Lag Yoga” instructed classes were recently held here. It is part of Helsinki Airport’s preparation to serve 20 million passengers annually in 2020. Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Burlington International Airport Vermont—all in USA, already offer yoga facilities.