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Swamishri prays before starting the Prăsăd Pravesh ceremony

Swamishri performs various rituals during the Prăsăd Pravesh ceremony

Saints and yuvaks conduct a kirtan aradhana


Friday, July 23, 2004

    The inauguration of the first Shikharbad Mandir in America officially began today with a traditional Vedic Mahapuja performed by Pujya Doctor Swami, followed by the Prăsăd Pravesh ceremony performed by Swamishri. Under the central dome of the Mandir, Swamishri carried out various Vedic rituals to mark the first official entrance into the Mandir.

    In the evening cultural program, saints displayed their devotion through a kirtan aradhana. They sang a variety of types of kirtans, ranging from classical kirtans to those filled with regional color.

    Pujya Viveksagar Swami concluded the kirtan aradhana with a speech explaining the importance of engaging in kirtan bhakti in today's day and age. The Mayor of Stafford, Leonard Scarcella, was present in the kirtan aradhana, and he addressed the assembly. Earlier in the day, he met with Swamishri and honored him with a "Key to the City of Stafford".




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