New Jersey Hindu temple consecrating unique Krishna statue with 19-day rituals
Shri Krishna Vrundavana Hindu temple in Edison (New Jersey) is organizing "Shri Krishna Pratishtapana and Brahma KalashOthsava" from May 28 to June 15; involving very ancient rituals, corbadastihical symposiums and some small festivities around the consecration of uniquely created Saligrama Krishna statue.
It took six months to sculpt this Lord Krishna statue from the Saligrama rock brought from the banks of Gandaki River in Nepal after months of search. This sacred statue has visited over one hundred homes of devotees in New Jersey in May after its arrival from India and before installation in the specially constructed Garbha Griham in the temple to become its main deity.
History of this Hindu temple (which now stands on the location which was earlier Saint Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church) goes back to 2002, when it was established in Iselin (New Jersey). Where did the church go is actually a question that no one is able to answer. Temple renovation began on May one and included importing about 3,000 cubic feet of teakwood from Burma for the Garba Gudi, besides other materials from India.
Rituals-events-festivities-symposiums during this period include Sapta Shudhi, Homas, Veda Paarayayanas, Japas, Balis, Samkeertanas, Saligrama Krishna Pratishtapana, various Poojas, Kalasha Pratishta, Avabhruta, Mantrakshate, discourse, music-dance performances, knowledge conference on Moksha and Karma, etc. Free lunch and dinner (Maha Prasada) is being served every day. Sri Sugunendra Teertha, the current pontiff of Shri Puthige Matha in Udupi (India), is participating.
Rajan Zed, the self-styled President of Universal Society of Hinduism, 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. He also said that donations are most welcome.
This temple, on a 3.5 acres plot and built area of about 15,000 square feet in South Edison, opens daily at 06-30 am and conducts daily morning-evening Poojas. Besides worship services, it also celebrates many Hindu festivals and conducts various free classes on Sthotra, Geetha, Sanskrit, Sandhya Vandana, Slokas, Bhajan, etc. Its "Spiritual Sundays" programming includes "sessions focused on personal growth and development" and interactive session on "Dharma Tradition".