20th Anniversary Celebrated by Hindu Temple of Lake County
GRAYSLAKE, IL- The Hindu Temple of Lake County, Grayslake, IL held a two-day grand celebration with much pomp and show on Saturday, Jun 22 to Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 to mark the twelfth anniversary of the installation of the idols in the temple, and Dhwajarohan with hundreds of devotees.
In Hinduism, the 12th year signifies completion of Maha Kumbha cycle. The Punar Sthapana Puja and Homam were performed with utmost devotion and chanting of all the Vedic Hymns, Mantras, and rituals to revitalize and seek energies and spiritual vibrations for all the Pran Pratishtha deities and the temple complex to purify our material and spiritual well-being as we seek to receive blessings of the Gods.
On 22nd morning, at 9:30am, the anniversary program started with Lord Ganesh Puja, Samohika Sankalpam, Kalash Sthapana, and Raksha Sutra followed by the Dhwaja Pujan, Shobha Yatra (Parikrama) of Kalash and Dhwaja around the temple. The Dhwajarohan (Flag hoisting) and Sthapana of Kalash at the Yagna Place were performed with much commitment and enthusiasm. Three Homams that represented Vishnu, Shiva, and Shakti Swaroopams were led by Pt. Ganesh Ji, Shri Yogesh Pandey, and Pt. Anil Joshi Ji. Later in the afternoon, a Samohika Satyanarayana Puja was performed for the welfare and prosperity of the temple, community, all the devotees and every living creature in the Universe. At the end, all the devotees with the temple priests recited Hanuman Chalisa for inner and outer peace and amity.
On 23rd, the morning began with the Poorvanga Pujas, Sankalpam, and Homam rituals for bringing Kalashas into the shrine and their Punar Sthapana followed by the performance of Kumbha Abhishekam of Sarva Devata and Usthava Murties, Alankaram, Nevedam, and Archanas. In the afternoon, Sankalpam was performed for the Samohika Sundarkanda by Shri Ajay Yagnik Ji with lovely style and beautiful singing.
Maha Prasadam was served by the temple on both days to all the devotees with much love and warmth. Pt. Anil Joshi Ji on behalf of the temple, thanked all the sponsors of this grand anniversary program. He appreciated with great gratitude the active participation of devotees and making this program a grand success. He thanked profusely all the volunteers for their self-less service and valuable time. He thanked from his bottom heart Smt Pramila Dutt, Shri Neelkanth Anand who with their dedicated team led the preparation and serving of Maha Prasadam.