Monthly Archives: February 2019

Dola Purnima – March 23rd, 2PM

Dola Purnima

Dola Purnima” is a popular festival in the coastal districts of Odisha. Lord Jagannath is worshiped as the name of “DolaGovinda” in this festival.On this day, Lord Govinda with Maa Bhudevi and Maa Sridevi make rounds in the Dola (Palanquin) around the Lord Jagannath temple, Puri. The Dola visits the houses and the family in the house offer daan, dakshina, flowers, fruits etc. also offer Abhira (Color). We are creating houses (camps) for different communities. Please share and come with your friends and families.

 

 

 

Ganesh Jayanti – Feb 8, 6:00 PM

Chanting of Ganapti Atharvashirsham before Arti at 7 PM

Ganesh Jayanti (literally meaning the Birthday of Sri Ganesh) , also known as Magha Shukla Chaturthi or Varad Chaturthi is a popular festival particularly in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Goa, observed on the shukla paksha chaturthi day -fourth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Maagha -as per the Hindu almanac, which corresponds to the Gregorian calendar month of January/February. This festival of Ganesha is also called as the Tilo Chauth or Sakat Chauthis in Uttar Pradesh, where Ganesha is invoked on behalf of the son of a family.It is also called as Tilkund Chaturthi in Maharashtra.

According to a legend narrated by Nandi to the Sanatkumara sages, Sri Krishna was accused of stealing the Syamantaka Gem, as he saw the moon on Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi – which was prohibited. He then observed a fast on Magha Shukla Chaturthi and is proven innocent.

A special preparation made of til (sesame seeds) is offered to Ganesha and then distributed to the devotees as prasad for eating on this day. A fast is observed during the day time, followed by feasting in the night as a part of the rituals.

On Ganesh Jayanti, devotees flock to Ganapati temples among which , of great prominence are the eight important pilgrimage centers dedicated to Sri Ganesha in Maharashtra , called as AshtaVinayak. On the Konkan coast at Ganapatipule is situated another beautiful beach temple of Lord Ganesh , where Ganesh Jayanti is celebrated with great fervor. The Ganesha deified in this temple is popularly known as the Paschim Dwardevta (“Western sentinel god of India”).

Mandir in Irvine wishes all devotees a Shubh Ganesh Jayanti

Ganesh Jayanti

Vasant Panchami – February 9th – 6 pm

6.00 pm - Saraswati Puja

Encourage children to Participate in Saraswati Puja
Puja Sponsorships: $101, $51 & Archana $21

Vasant Panchami (Nepali: वसन्त पञ्चमी Hindi: वसन्त पञ्चमी), sometimes referred to as Saraswati Puja (Bengali language:সরস০বতী পূজা), Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites is a Sikh and Hindu festival held on the fifth day of Magha (in early February) marking the start of spring and the Holi season. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture. Vasant Panchami is a celebration of spring celebrated with puja of Sarsvati Devi ji. Everyone wears yellow. Banaras Hindu University was founded by Shri Madan Mohan Malviya ji on Vasant Panchami. Everyone and all BHU/IIT Students are invited to attend.  Potluck dishes welcome.

Sarasvati