New Year Celebrations Dec 23rd, 2011 - Jan 1st, 2012
His Holiness Parama Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji is the visionary behind the creation of the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple. With HIS divine grace, the Hanuman Cultural Center was
inaugurated during the Hanuman Mahotsav and Guru Purnima celebrations in July 2009.
We are very fortunate & blessed to have his divine presence during 2012 New Year Celebrations,
from Dec 23rd, 2011 - Jan 01st, 2012.
Please plan to attend with your family and friends to obtain Parama Pujya Sri Swamiji's blessings and participate in the various programs as listed below.
Report, Photos & Discourses
It has happened only twice before. Once a decade event. In the eighties (1984/85) Sri Swamiji spent Christmas in France and New Year in Switzerland. In the nineties (1999/2000), Sri Swamiji spent new year in Vavau island, Tonga and welcomed the millennium new year at the remote south pacific outpost. The 2011 Christmas and New year celebration delight went to Dallas. The Karya Siddhi Hanuman temple in Dallas is in news recently as Sri Swamiji has blessed the plans for a large Hanuman temple with traditional temple architecture.
Sri Swamiji travelled Mysore - Bengaluru - Singapore - Tokyo - Hawaii on the 14th December. Sri Swamiji spent quiet and contemplative days in the south pacific sea. Sri Swamiji observed that the same body of water offered both calm and the storm. Sri Swamiji visited shorelines where fierce waves thumped and violently crashed against lava rocks lining the coast. Sri Swamiji also visited a formant Volcanic crater where a garden has been developed. Sri Swamiji checked on several trees and plants. Noni fruit tree attracted Sri Swamiji's attention for its medicinal qualities. Sri Swamiji lit lights of candelabrum to observe the Hanukkah festival.
On 20th evening, Sri Swamiji gave Darshana to public. In a brief discourse, Sri Swamiji stressed that life needs a spiritual dimension and then alone can fulfillment be realized. Sri Swamiji said music is an integral part of mother earth and regularly listening to meditative music beings great benefits.
Sri Swamiji travelled Hawaii - Dallas and arrived in the morning of 22nd December.
Students of Bala Datta, a weekend Sanatan Dharma school run at Hanuman Temple, gave several impressive performances. The prowess and teaching skills of volunteer teachers manifested in the wonderful performances by the young students. Smt. Madhavi and disciples sang Bhajans and Carnatic Kritis during Sri Chakra Pujas. Dr. Prakasa Rao, Chairman of Datta Yoga Center gave a short speech everyday on Guru Tattva. His extensively quoted what great saints like Tukaram, Jnandev and others had spoken on greatness of Guru Tattva.
The amazing event of Shata Shloki video views on vimeo.com crossing seven million was celebrated. Pujya Sri Swamiji was given a plaque for Blessing with such wonderful video. The very fact that a spiritual video could reach such dizzying number of views was expressed by everyone with amazement and wonder. Sri Swamiji has exhorted people to play Shata Shloki Ramayana video on vimeo.com as many times a day as possible till December 2012 when the 70 feet tall stone statue of Hanuman will be consecrated in Mysore Ashrama. (www.vimeo.com/puttugam) Dr.Vempati Ramaprabhu showed a power point presentation on the probable effect of Shata Shloki Ramayana viewing on Ozone layer. (Pujya Sri Swamiji had spoken about it during Datta Jayanti programs in Mysore Ashrama on 9th December 2011).
On 27/28 December, Sri Swamiji blessed Shri Sadguru Babaji's Om Tat Sat Yoga Institute's new Ashrama in Boca Raton. Sri Swamiji fondly recalled the visit to Canaima National Park in August 2011 organized by them.
New Year heralded a new and historic announcement. On 31st December evening, Sri Swamiji unveiled the grand design of the Karya Siddhi Hanuman temple that will be built by Datta Yoga Center, USA in Frisco Dallas. Sri Swamiji Blessed their fund rising efforts and devotees' enthusiasm for the announcement was unmatched. Marakata Karya Siddhi Hanuman statue carved in India will be installed in the temple. There will be shrines for Ram Parivar & Hanuman ji, Dattatreya & Shiva Lingam, Devi, Ganesha and Nava Grahas. This project, when completed, will be one of the most authentic temples per Vastu Shastra in American history.
Yogatunes group from Los Angeles presented a short video feature of the tours and programs of Sri Swamiji in 2011. To zip past Sri Swamiji's various events spanning 12 months was mind boggling.
On Sunday, 1st January 2012, New Year's day, devotees and visitors thronged the Mandir for Darshana of Hanuman and Pujya Swamiji. As is the tradition, devotees queued up for Darshana. Sri Swamiji sat for over five hours and Blessed everyone. Sri. Sekhar Anumolu gifted a Souvenir book printed in 1976 in commemoration of Pujya Swamiji's 34th Birthday celebration. Sri Swamiji was emotional to receive it. Sri Swamiji flipped through the book and found old photographs and articles by eminent persons.
Sri Swamiji remembered many times, the earlier years' New Year celebrations in Vijayawada Ashrama. The consolation was the upcoming none day long "Pushya Maasa Navaratri" programs from the 8th January 2012 in Vijayawada Ashrama.
Sri Swamiji ensured that the first day of the new year was full of laughter, happiness, light and Blessings. All emanating from the blissful presence of Sadgurudeva and His discourse - full of word power and an articulate observation of human follies and aspirations.
Many gems were there in Sri Swamiji's speech - A couple to quote - (1) Ensure your mind is filled with good thoughts and positive aspects of life. Otherwise, the same mind will be the dark room where negatives are developed.
Sri Swamiji coined a new salutation on the evening of 1st January 2012 ~ GURU DATTA HANUMAN ki jai
Sri Swamiji's return journey to India via Germany started on 2nd January. Hundreds of devotees lined up at the temple - braving the chilly day - to thank Sri Swamiji for the amazing ten day stay in Dallas.
The young people who conducted the programs with grace and élan deserve all appreciation. From Kitchen, Annadana, flower arrangements, cleaning, parking helpers, Puja assistance, - it was all done by young people. It was a testimony to Pujya Sri Swamiji's efforts to keep youth interested in Sanatana Dharma and service of volunteerism. The kindness,passion, willingness, joy of service and devotion in them showed the multitude forms of our own Sadgurudeva - a real Blessing indeed.