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|Temple Monthly Newsletter
eNewsletter: January 01, 2009 Vol:5 Ver:09.01
- Jan 1st, Thursday - Maha Ganapathi Puja (Special New Year Temple Open Hours 10:00AM - 8:00PM)
- Jan 7th, Wednesday - Vaikunta Ekadashi
- Jan 14th, Wednesday - Makara Sankranti
Sri Swamiji Says
"For kindling devotion towards God, many ways are shown in our Shastras.
Among them, satsang, means the company of good people: those who are
good in all respects. They are called by various names,such as
Mahatmas, Sadhus, Saints,
Godmen. They are persons who have transcended the dvandas like raga
and dvesha (love and hatred), labh and alabh (gain and loss), sukh and
dukh (pleasure and pain). No event that takes place around them can
disturb their poise. They reveal virtues such as Satya (truth), Saucha,
(purity), Jnana (wisdom), Sama (silence, equanimity) and Dama (control
of senses). They will always be immersed in the contemplation of God.
Bhagawan Krishna has declared in Srimad Bhagavatham: "My devotees
sanctify the whole universe." By their thoughts, words and deeds they
influence and ultimately change the course of lives of those who
associate with them. Such men are always rare to find. It should be
our watchful endeavour always to shun bad company and keep such good
1: First Abhishekam to Lord Hanuman was conducted at Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple on December 6th, Saturday starting at 10:30AM. Abhishekam to Lord Hanuman with milk was performed. The event ended with the Priest chanting for peace of departed souls in recent Mumbai attacks and everyone present praying for World Peace.
2: Hanuman Jayanthi was celebrated on Friday evening, December 26th, commemorating Lord Hanuman's birthday according to the birth star. This auspicious day was marked by performing a special Abhisekam and Puja to Lord Hanuman.
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2009 will be a historic and exciting year for Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple !!!
1: Community Hall Renovation:
The construction of the Worship Hall and Classrooms has begun!!
Foundation work for the new portion of the foundation is in process.
Underground water and sewer lines are in place. Once framing begins in
late January, progress will be easily visible to all!
2: Road Work &
Concrete for the Independence Parkway road expansion has been poured.
The construction of the turn lanes, curbs, and connections to the temple
entrance will continue in January. Onsite parking lot work began on October
20th and is moving at an exciting pace. Utilities work under the
parking lots is almost complete. The soil grading is complete. Soil
stabilization for the parking lot will take place in early January, and then
the parking lot will be ready for concrete!!Click here for more Construction Photos.
Lord Hanuman Story
In the last newsletter, we learned that Anjana
was cursed to become a vanara and was sent, by her father Sage Gautama,
to live as the adopted daughter of the great vanara King Kunjara.
she was going to be a vanara princess, having to leave her father and
her childhood home made Anjana feel very sad. Her beauty, which once
gave her such pride, was gone and her self-image was shattered. Unable
to bear his daughter's melancholy mood, Sage Gautama told Anjana about
her previous lives to help her better understand her current situation.
He reminded her of the universal law that every living being must follow Lord Shiva's
sankalpa. He also told her that she will be experiencing the benefits
of Lord Shiva's boon in this life due to the severe penance in her
previous births. Hearing these details, Anjana felt better and slowly
got accustomed to life as a vanara. In time, King Kujara settled Anjana
marriage with the vanara hero, Kesari.
they both longed for offspring, Kesari and Anjana remained childless
for many years. Sage Mathanga, their guru, advised them to perform
tapas to Lord Shiva. The couple retired to the Rishabadri hills, known
today as the Tirumala hills, to perform tapas.
Anjana's severe penance, Vayu Deva sent her one fruit a day while she
was immersed in tapas. She consumed the fruit as prasad and continued
with her penance and prayers sincerely. One day, Vayu Deva sent Lord
Shiva's divine brilliance in the form of a fruit to Anjana. Soon after
consuming the divine prasad, Anjana realized that she was pregnant but
was puzzled at how it occurred. A heavenly voice or Aakashvani
declared to both Anjana and Kesari that it was Lord Shiva's will and
soon a great soul will be born to them. The happy couple rejoiced upon
hearing this and felt very blessed.
On the most auspicious day now celebrated the world over as Hanuman Jayanti, Anjani-putra was born.
To be continued.....
Thank you for supporting the Hanuman Temple.
Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple Team