!-- Start Alexa Certify Javascript --> !-- Start Alexa Certify Javascript --> !-- Start Alexa Certify Javascript --> COMMUNITY: Guru Vandana: Balaji Temple Celebrates | SILICONEER | JANUARY 2013

A General Interest Monthly Magazine for South Asians in the U.S.

Northern California:
SF Bay Area | San Jose | Fremont | Santa Clara
Silicon Valley | Sacramento Area
Southern California: Los Angeles | Artesia | San Diego | Inland Empire

Web siliconeer.com
Advertise in Siliconeer | Home | Subscribe Print Issue | About Us (FAQs) | Contact | Locations | Staff Login | Site Map |





Guru Vandana: Balaji Temple Celebrates

In a three-day celebration, Balaji Temple in San Jose, Calif., celebrated Guru Vandana. Among the many events it was also announced that Poonam and Prabhu Goel will donate $100,000 to facilitate the construction of the community hall at the temple grounds, writes Lakshmi Vittala Dasi.

Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi (Above): From left: Swami Anandanatha and Lakshmi Vittala Dasi seen here with Poonam and Prabhu Goel and a child devotee ath the Balaji Temple Guru Vandana celebrations.

Guru Vandana was celebrated with a three-day program at the Balaji Temple in San Jose, Calif., Dec. 6-8.  The celebrations began with kalasha sthapana, initiation and mantra given by Swami Anandanatha, the founder of Balaji Temple, to all devotees who performed puja.  Swamiji performed purification and invocation of the Lord to have His presence all three days.

The second day, Swamiji re-invoked all the gods and goddesses and performed Mahalakshmi Abhishekam with Navagraha puja. The third day, 108 Kalasha Satya Narayana puja and 108 Kalasha Abhishekam for Lord Balaji was performed by Swamiji followed by Puja katha.

The puja was followed by salutations to our Guru Swami Anandanatha. Babu Dinakaran, Balaji Temple board member explained the reason behind Guru Vandana. He requested Swamiji to allow devotees Meenakshi and Vittala Das to perform pada puja for him. Priest Girish Sharma performed Guru puja by reading Guru Ashtotram and Stotram. Afterwards, Swamiji gave a speech to the devotees.

Later, Poonam and Prabhu Goel were honored.  Prabhu thanked Swamiji and talked about Swamiji’s dedication, discipline, wisdom and service to all devotees. Later Swamiji announced that Poonam and Prabhu Goel will be donating $100,000 to the temple to help with the construction of the Ananda Community Hall.

Swamiji spoke about how God is so great: “He tests us by putting sugar in with grains of sand to make us learn to seek out His sweetness only in this life. The Goels offer of the large donation came spontaneously during the puja. That is how God gives. The Goels see how dedicated we all are to Balaji Temple and they felt inspired in the puja to donate and help further the temple.”

Swamiji announced that the board had elected Lakshmi Vittala Dasi to return as the secretary. She thanked Swamiji for his help and guidance through the years and talked about the importance of the guru. Many devotees, including Babu Dinakaran, Elango Velayutham, Rajesh Kamath, Ravi Mulka,  Krishna Sheelam, Ravi Rao, Vittala Das and Madhumita Bannerjee spoke about Swamiji’s goodness and the effect of his guidance in their lives. Devotees are inspired to perform selfless service at the temple and outside in our communities. Swamiji’s example of hard work and self discipline helps the devotees to do more seva. Swamiji honored the devotees with malas and shawls.

The mahaprasadam was sponsored by Ganesha Restaurant, Santa Clara, Calif., and Madhumita and Sharad Bannerjee.  Food seva was lovingly performed by Ramakrishna, Tamil and Elango.


Click here to read the Current Issue in PDF Format

India Outraged: Demands Justice for Rape Victim
The gang rape in Delhi has shocked and ignited outrage across the country, writes Siddharth Srivastava. The vigils in San Francisco Bay Area saw outrage over the Indian government’s inaction, writes Viji Sundaram.

India Weeps on the Death of Pandit Ravi Shankar
India weeps on the demise of Pandit Ravi Shankar, an icon of Indian culture, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

The Newtown Tragedy: Is School Security the Answer?
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has renewed national conversations about school safety and gun control. New America Media talks to Annette Fuentes.

EDITORIAL: India Calls for Justice
OPINION: From Gaining to Giving Wealth
POLITICS: Narendra Modi’s March to Delhi
HONOR: GOPIO Honors Community Leaders with Awards
SOCIETY: Retail FDI in India: Surviving Coalition Politics
LEADERSHIP: The Indian Connection in U.S. Congress
COMMUNITY: Silicon Valley 'Chaubara': Activities for Seniors
AUTO REVIEW: 2013 Ford Taurus
FICTION: Serendipity
RECIPE: Goat Curry
BOLLYWOOD: The 100-Crore Club: Top Grossers in 2012
BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: Dabangg 2
BOLLYWOOD: Twenty Most Anticipated Films of 2013
COMMUNITY: Guru Vandana at Balaji Temple in San Jose, Calif.
HOROSCOPE: 2013 Yearly Forecast

Siliconeer Exclusive

IIFA Awards 2011: TORONTO
Siliconeer Exclusive

IIFA Awards 2010: SRI LANKA: JUNE 2010

IIFA Awards 2009
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay

81st Annual Academy Awards
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay

IIFA Awards 2008
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay

Advertise in Siliconeer | Home | Subscribe PRINT Issue | About Us (FAQs) | Contact | Locations | Staff Login | Site Map
© Copyright 2000-2014 Siliconeer • All Rights Reserved • For Comments and Questions: info (AT) siliconeer.com