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Saints pull Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj's float

 Kishores display Indian culture through various dances

Women display their devotion in front of the Mandir in a traditional garba

    On the eve of the Murti Pratishtha, hundreds of devotees took all 16 murtis on a grand, colorful procession through the streets of Houston. 14 different floats were on display to the residents of Houston on this 4 hour long Shobha Yatra which eventually ended at the steps of the Shikharbad Mandir.

    This included Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj seated on a Peacock float, Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj on an Eagle float, Shri Harikrishna Maharaj on a Lotus float, Shri Radha Krishna Dev on a Swan float, Shri Sita Ram and Hanumanji on a Chariot, and Shri Shiv Parvati and Ganeshji on a float in the shape of Mount Kailash. Murtis of the Guru Parampara were also taken out on decorative floats.

    Devotees shared their Indian culture with the community through vibrant dances from all over India as well as devotional singing. Children, youths, and adults also carried flags from different nations around the world, banners, and other decorative artwork. The procession of saints, men, and women set a mood of excitement for the upcoming Pratishtha ceremony.

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