|Temple Monthly Newsletter
eNewsletter: December 04, 2008 Vol:4 Ver:08.04
- Dec 6th, Saturday - Hanuman Ksheera Abhishekam, Vadamala Archana, Satsangh, Aarati & Peace Chanting for departed souls in Mumbai attack.
- Dec 11th, Thursday - Sri Datta Jayanthi
- Dec 12th, Friday - Sri Datta Jayanthi
- Dec 19th, Friday - Sri Anaghashtami Vratam
- Dec 26th, Friday - Hanuman Jayanthi Celebrations
- Jan 1st, Thursday - Maha Ganapathi Puja
Sri Swamiji Says
is the benefit of charity. Share what you have with all. Be good to
all and do good to all. Give a little food to the hungry, give help,
and give love. Even a small act of charity and kindness will cling to
you and ennoble your life."
1: Temple - New Priest Arrived:
Volunteers have worked very hard to make the trailer feel like a temple, and it
does!!! We have the honor of welcoming our Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple's very first Priest Sri Srinivas Gudimella
On Nov 25th evening, Acharya Srinivas Garu began
his priestly duties by performing Guru Paduka Puja & Hanuman Puja
at Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple.
Daily pujas and
archanas will take place since our full time priest has arrived.2: Raffle Draw Postponed:
Purchase of raffle tickets by various members has helped the progress of the
Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple project and is sincerely appreciated.
Since our commitment/goal of selling 1000 raffle tickets by December 11th will not be met, as per Raffle Terms & Conditions
, we hereby notify that we are postponing the Raffle draw date to next year's Guru Poornima Day, Tuesday July 7th, 2009.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this postponement of the raffle
drawing may have caused. If you have any questions, please send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
been another exciting month of construction at the Hanuman Temple site!!!1: Community Hall Renovation:
The construction of the Worship Hall
and Classrooms will begin soon! The demolition of the warehouse is
complete. Those that visit regularly will be surprised and how
different the land looks now. The original 4900 square foot
foundation will remain, and an additional 5200 square foot foundation would
be added. Very soon, devotees will see the steel framing structure
arise for the new 10,000 square foot worship hall. In only a few
exciting months, Hanuman will be moving into the new building.Click here for more Construction Photos.2: Road work & Parking
The road expansion work is nearing completion and should be finished in December.
Onsite parking lot work began on October 20th and is moving at an
exciting pace. Utilities work is done for road, work in progress for onsite parking & worship hall/temple. Concrete for road & south side parking will be poured soon & are expected to be complete about mid jan 2009.
Lord Hanuman Story
In the last
newsletter, we learned that the great warrior Kunjara and his wife
Vindhyavati performed penance to beget children and were blessed by Lord Shiva to become parents through an adopted daughter.
While we will return to Kunjara, let's learn more about the other vanaras. Lord Brahma had created a most perfect woman named Ahalya which means one who is flawless. All the Devas
were captured by her beauty - especially Indra, the Lord of the Heavens
and Surya, the Lord of the Sun. Brahma sent Ahalya to stay with Sage
Gautama until she was of marriageable age. Pleased at the Sage's
self-restraint and adherence to his duty of caring for her during that
time, Brahma gave Ahalya in marriage to Sage Gautama. In time, Ahalya
and the Sage had a son, Shantananda, and a daughter, Anjana.
Sage Gautama ever engaged in severe penance would be away from home for long periods of time. Indra, still unable to forget Ahalya, approached her disguised as Sage Gautama and lead Ahalya in
his embrace. Their union resulted in the birth of a vanara child who was named Vali. Surya, observing Indra's ruse, approached Ahalya similarly. The child born of their union was a vanara named Sugriva.
After finishing his
penance the real Sage Gautama returned home and saw two small vanara
children in the ashram. Since Ahalya was not home at that moment, the
Sage asked Anjana about the vanaras. She told him they were her
brothers. Sage Gautama then saw what had occurred through his divine
vision and cursed his wife Ahalya to become a stone for her
transgressions. She would be released from the curse only by the divine
touch of Lord Rama's feet and could then return to her husband. Having
heard their mother being cursed by Sage Gautama, Vali and Sugriva ran
into the forest fearful of a similar fate.
Sage Gautama had no
one to help care for the remaining children, Shantananda and Anjana.
One day Vali saw his sister Anjana. Still angry at having lost his home
and blaming her for his fate, he cursed Anjana to become a vanara like
him. She was transformed into a vanara instantaneously!
All this made Gautama
very worried about his daughter's future. At that time, Sage Narada
visited Gautama's ashram and related to Gautama that as a vanara kanya,
Anjana was already at the marriageable age. He also gave Gautama some
suggestions on what to do for Anjana now.
Narada's advice, Sage Gautama took Anjana and offered her as an adopted
daughter to the great vanara King Kunjara. King Kunjara was extremely
happy to take Anjana as his daughter and thanked Sage Gautama. Lord
Shiva's blessings had been realized!
Then Sage Gautama sent his
son Shantananda to the great King Janaka's kingdom in order to make him
a scholar and eventually rise to being a royal priest.
To be continued.....
Thank you for supporting the Hanuman Temple.
Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple Team