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Maryland Hindu Temple to be consecrated in August
Sri Bhaktha Anjaneya Temple (SBAT) in Ijamsville (Maryland), currently under construction on a 43-acre lot, will be consecrated on August 31.

Religious and cultural programs will form part of its Maha Kumbhabhishekam ceremonies from August 29 to September one; including poojas, homams, pravachanam, aarathi, etc. The auspicious moment of Kumbhabhishekam is stated to be between 10-45 am to 11-30 am on August 31. 

A small house on this zoning approved site currently serves as an interim temple with images of various deities, including Lord Hanuman. It performs various poojas and homams; offers religious services; and conducts sloka, Veda, Ramayana stories and Sanskrit classes. Objective is to raise a 36ft Hanuman temple, said to be the first of its kind in USA, to serve the devotees in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC. It runs two Vedic Paatashaalas in India, reports indicate. 

Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of temple leaders and area community to realize this Hindu temple complex. 

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this temple complex would focus in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism. 

Sridharan Vadyar, Balakrishna Bhat, Venkatesh Vadyar, Thyagu Sastri, Ganesan Grukkal and NSS Raghavan are priests of this temple, which is described as "a full service Hindu temple" and whose tagline is "Yatho Dharmha Thatho Jayaha". Sivasubramanian is the General Manager. 

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents, including about three million in USA. Ijamsville, whose history goes back to 1785, is an unincorporated community in Frederick County of Maryland. 

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