Thanks to all the support from devotees. We have purchased the land and the building where Mandir currently resides. Suite A will continue to be leased to Amma Kitchen, with Hanuman Mandir collecting rent for Suite A. Hanuman Mandir will extend from suite B/C to Suite B,C and D after some needed renovations to make Suite D ( Formerly a Dry Cleaner Suite) usable. More specific updates will follow shortly.
Lord Sri Sita Rama Consecration at Hanuman Mandir , Alpharetta
With over 600 devotees chanting "Ram Chandra Bhagavan ki Jai", "Sita Maata ki Jai", local Hanuman Mandir conducted Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam and Sri Srirama Pattabhishekam on March 4th 2012, in a grand way. This concluding activity was part of the four day ceremony to consecrate Lord Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana swamy, Dasa Hanuman at Alpharetta based Hanuman Mandir. Over the course of these four days, over 1200 devotees had participated in several consecration activities that took place at the Mandir.
Many activities namely Prana Pratistha Shubharambh (Starting of entire event), Shobha Yatra, Snapan (Shower to the Lord), Maha Kumbha Kalasa Stapana, Havan, Murti Pran Pratistha, Purnahuti / Bhajan / Maha Aarti rituals were conducted at Hanuman Mandir between 1st March and 3rd March, with the final event of Sri Sita Rama Kalyana Utsavam and Sri Rama Pattabhishekam on 4th March at Hope Well Middle School, Alpharetta.
The event started on Thursday 1st March, where the deities were brought from the houses of deity sponsors Sri Sundar Garg and Sri Ramesh Khajjayam with a Prana Pratistha Shubharambh (welcoming event) at Hanuman Mandir. On 2nd March, the main activities included Maha Kumbha Kalasa Stapana, Sri Rama Tharaka Mantra Homam, Moola Mantra Homam, Jalaadhivasam (deities were immersed in water) and Dhaynaadhivaasam (deities were immersed in dhanya).
On the penultimate day, 3rd March, in the morning, several activities including Sri Rama Nama Tharaka Manthra Homam, Ksheeradhivasam (deities were immersed in milk). Later in the evening, Moola Mantra Homam and Sahasra nama (thousand names) puja were performed to Lord Sri Hanuman. The evening concluded with a very special Sayyadhivasam (deities on their beds in a relaxed position). During this ceremony several dance & songs were performed till midnight. Many devotees felt their hearts melt for being present to witness such a rare occasion. Several devotees commented that they had never felt such an experience and felt blessed to witness this “once in a lifetime” opportunity.
On the last day of the festivities, 4th March a grand celebration of Sri Sita Rama Kalyana Utsavam and Sri Rama Pattabhishekam was held at Hope Well Middle School, Alpharetta. More than 600 devotees participated in this auspicious event, and felt that Sri Lord Rama and His Parivar blessed them. The program concluded with honoring the priests & sponsors with recognition to their efforts.
The program was conducted under the able guidance of priests - Sri Srimannarayana Puranam temple priest, Sri Narasimhacharya Cherukupally from LA, Sri Rama Krishna Narayanam from Ohio, Sri Venkata Krishna Sai Swarna from Memphis, TN and Sri Ramanujam Maharti, Vishakapatnam, India.
The Nadaswaram performed by Sri Ramana Tirumalakonda and Sri Ramachandrudu Chinthakuntamuni who came from India especially for this event mesmerized the devotees throughout the four days.
Hanuman community and board members of Hanuman Mandir honored Sri Sundar Garg – for not only sponsoring the deities but also for being a Maha Kalasa sponsor of the event. Sri Ramesh Khajjayam was honored for Dasa Hanuman deity sponsorship. Sri Motilal Mehra was honored for his sponsorship for Anna Danam (Lunch on final day). Smt. Laksmi was honored for Jewelry sponsorship. Board also thanked Sri Prashant Kollipara (Bytegraph.com) for photos & video, Smt. Bindu Surapaneni & Smt. Sujitha Damidi (Arrive in Style) for their decoration, Sri Ram Durvasula (RamDj.com) for sound. Board members also thanked to Ms. Patterson – Principal of Hopewell Middle School, City Of Alpharetta & City of Milton for their support.
Board members thanked all the Grand sponsors, Event Sponsors, Kalyanam sponsors, Anna Danam Sponsors and Volunteers who worked hard and to all the devotees who participated in a big number in making this event a grand success
Several devotees also said that they are mesmerized with the beauty and details of the deities and are looking forward for Sri Rama Navami event on Saturday March 31st at the Mandir. Upon the request of several devotees a building fund was also started to construct an independent Mandir in and around Alpharetta with an ambitious plan to complete it in 2 years. To reach this goal, local dance academy Nataraja Natyanjali lead by well-known Guru Neelima Gaddamanugu is planning to organize a grand Kuchpidi dance drama on Lord Hanuman to generate funds for the temple construction.
Hanuman Mandir is also consecrating Lord Jagannatha from March 23rd – March 25th 2012. Devotees are requested to participate in that event as well at Hanuman Mandir which is located at 390 Cumming St, Alpharetta, GA
All the pictures of the event can be found https://picasaweb.google.com/AtlantaHanuman