November 1 - November 30
November 2021 brings in another rush of excitement as we prepare to celebrate the Hariharaatmaja Mahotsavam from November 4th to November 14th, along with Deepavali on November 4th. The Hariharaatmaja Mahotsavam celebrates the 26th anniversary of the Ayyappa Kumbhabhishekam. It will conclude with the Panchaloha Kavacha Samarpanam to the 18 Holy Steps on the 14th. This is truly a special experience for all devotees to bear witness to and I encourage you to visit during these important 10 day festival. All religious events are free, but pre-registration is a must. Devotees will have a multitude of opportunities to participate in these events between now and mid-November.
In every volunteer group, we have incredibly talented members who go to great lengths to help ensure the success of our programs. As we enter the final months of this year, I ask you all to consider how your devotee experience has been impacted by not only the priests, and staff, but also the volunteers. They strive to give you a place of peace and solace, as you seek the blessings of your Ishta Devatas.
I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt – the volunteers of Sri Siva Vishnu Temple provide all the necessary ingredients to help make every puja service, function, and event a wonderful success and help treat every devotee as a revered guest. Volunteers come together to exchange ideas, plan and develop processes, and execute these events to make our temple the premier Hindu institution it is today.
For example, the Koti Hanuman Chalisa Samarpanam that was organized by Sri Ramayana Parayana Samithi, led by Janaki Nibhanapudi. Their devotion to the temple is extraordinary. Another example was the 108 Saree Alankara for the Devis during Navarathri in October. It was not only a wonderful collaboration between our esteemed priests and volunteers, but also displayed a level of thoughtfulness and execution never witnessed before. Devotees and visitors flocked in masses to admire the colorful combination of the cascading sarees. The wonderful golu display added to the additional festive nature in the vasantha mandapam. I sincerely thank the volunteers who contributed to this endeavor, and truly thank the numerous devotees who visited, sponsored, and took part in our Navarathri celebrations.
Our temple also recently celebrated a Mini-Bazaar on October 23. Devotees of all ages enjoyed delicious food prepared by our Kitchen staff, coordinators, and volunteers. Despite it lacking the hallmarks of our annual Bazaar, such as outside vendors, it was well-attended and successful by many accounts. Again, it was the volunteers and Kitchen staff who were responsible for this wonderful success.
Looking ahead, I invite you to our virtual Annual Fundraising program, December 3-4, 2021 The program will include an online auction, and main Gala event during the evening of December 4.
Finally, as Chairperson, I am privileged to be a part of our temple team. No matter your role at our temple, be it a local devotee, or one just visiting our area from far, or a volunteer, or a Trustee – you play a vital function in the future of our temple. We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do for our devotees, and I look forward to witnessing our temple successes as I leave my Chairperson role on January 1, 2022.
If at any time, I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com or by phone at (919) 381-7606. Thank you!
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple