Hindu Temple of Minnesota celebrates the fifth anniversary of one of the largest and most beautiful Hindu temples in North America with a three-day event, June 17-19, 2011 at 10530 Troy Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55311.
The event will feature special cultural and devotional programs, activities for children and adults. The celebration is on the theme, AshtaLakshmi Yagam, which represents the eight manifestations of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity.
According to the ancient Hindu scriptures called Vedas, by honoring the eight manifestations of Lakshmi it is in effect, praying for the material prosperity and spiritual abundance of the community and the world.
Hindu Temple of Minnesota invites the public, Hindus and non-Hindus alike, to join the celebrations. The fire (Agni) puja will be performed to invoke the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for the prosperity and well-being of entire Twin Cities population as well as the nation and world at large.
During these difficult financial times, it is the intent of the theme to invoke the blessings of the divine to benefit everyone shows solidarity between all faiths. The common thread that all share is the belief that all are truly dependent on the divine blessings of the Almighty.
The Hindu Temple located in Maple Grove serves a population of about 30,000 Hindu American devotees in the state of Minnesota, with the expectation of attracting at up to 4,000 people throughout the celebrations.
The religious and cultural program of Friday, June 17, begins at 9:30 a.m. with Sri Maha Ganapathy Homam; followed by Aarthi at noon. The evening program starts at 5:00 p.m. with Vishwaksena & Ganapathy Pooja; Sri MahaLakshmi Abhishekam at 6:00 p.m., Kum Kum Puja at 7:00 p.m. and Mangala Aarthi at 8:00 p.m.
The cultural program includes the Children’s Coloring Contest at 7:00 p.m. and Dandiya Raas from 8:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
The religious and cultural program of Saturday, June 18, starts at 8:00 a.m. with Suprabhatam, followed by Yagashla Pravesham at 8:30 a.m., Kumbha Aradhana and Yantra Pooja at 8:45 a.m., AshtaLkashmi Homam (Havan) at 10:00 a.m., Poorna Hutee and Mangala Aarthi at noon,
The evening program starts at 6:30 p.m. with AshtaLakshmi Yantra Pooja, followed by AshtaLakshmi Pooja and Suvasini Pooja at 7:00 p.m.
The cultural program in the auditorium includes Bhajans Upstairs at 2:00 p.m., followed by a Rangoli Contest for Adults at 5:00 p.m.
The religious and cultural program of Sunday, June 19, starts at 8:00 a.m. with AshtaLakshmi Homam (Havan), followed by Maha Poorna Hutee at 11:00 a.m., Alaya Sarva Devatha Prakara Uttsavam at 11:30 a.m., and Archana, Aarthi for all Mini Temples at 12:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served throughout the events. Lunch will be served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner will be served Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
For information call 763-425-9449, email Nayana Ramakrishnan at [email protected] and visit www.hindumandirmn.org.