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May 6, 2014

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New Hanuman Ji Murti Sthapana will be held on May 9-11.

SUBMITTED BY RAJESH OBEROI On the weekend of April 11 to April 13, the Sankata Mochana Hanuman Temple held its 1st anniversary celebrations which turned out to be a phenomenal suc-

cess. The three day event attracted devotees and their families from all over the Bay Area to partake in the religious ceremonies and seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman. The celebrations commenced on Friday evening with the “Sri Suktham Homam,”

Young Children writing Ramakoti Patram at the Temple

President, Board of Trustees, Dr. Pradeep Kumar, Chief Priest, Pt. Govind Srinivasan, & City of Newark Mayor, Mr. Alan Nagy at the Temple on April 13.

followed by Lakshmi Abhishekam, Alankaram, and Aarati. On Saturday, the temple echoed with the voices of the devotees chanting the “Hanuman Chalisa,”108 times, without stopping for 8 hours. This was followed by the “Ramakoti Patram Samarpan” and “Homam”. Watching the young children enthusiastically complete the written “Ramakoti Patram” was an absolute delight. Prominent Bay Area singers, musicians, and their students hosted a cultural program on Sunday afternoon. Melodious performances filled the air as children and young adults showcased acts of music, dance, and the veena. City of Newark Mayor, Mr. Alan Nagy, graced the event and presented a commendation to the temple. Mayor Nagy acknowledged that the temple has been a positive addition to the city of Newark by providing services to community members, the homeless, students of all ages, and young artists as well. On the evening of April 13, the temple was packed and buzzing with devotees decked in beautiful

finery, joyously enjoying the wedding of “Rama and Sita.” By the Grace of Lord Hanuman and the dedication of Pandit Govind Srinivasan and his team, the community is blessed with an opportunity to witness the wedding of the Divine. Sankata Mochana Hanuman Temple, located at 35463, Dumbarton Court, Newark, (next to Ardenwood Challenger School) has just received a new (5 feet 8 inches) Hanuman Ji Murti made of marble from Jaipur, India. Laghu Prana Pratishtha (Sthapana) of this new Murti will be held on the weekend of Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11. Additional information may be obtained from www.bayareahanumantemple.org or by calling Pandit Govind Srinivasan Ji at (510) 378-1770. Prana Pratishtha Friday, May 9 – Sunday, May 11 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sankata Mochana Hanuman Temple 35463 Dumbarton Ct, Newark (510) 378-1770 www.bayareahanumantemple.org

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