Arizona Hindu temple consecrating 4-deities in 3-day elaborate ancient rituals
Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona in Maricopa City is consecrating Hindu deities— Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman—in
elaborate "Murti Prana Prathistapana Kumbhabhishekam" from May 8-10.
It will include Sita Rama Kalyana Utsav, Ganapati Puja, Viswakshena Puja, Swasti Punyaha Vachanam, homams, adhivasam,
netronmeelanam, ashtabandhana, samphada aadhya lepanam, cultural events, etc.
The ceremonies will also include cow puja (worship), processions, wedding ceremony of Hindu deities Rama and Sita called
"Sita Rama Kalyanam" performed by one thousand devotees, and a puja ceremony exclusively by women. “The cow, after the
puja will be led into the temple in a ceremonial procession.” “We invite you to partake in this spiritual event and
receive divine energy that will permeate the temple,” Temple announcement says.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, applauded efforts of temple
management and area community for continuous growth of this wonderful Hindu temple complex.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu
spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and
hoped that this temple would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should
focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of
Over 5000 devotees are expected to attend these ceremonies which will also commemorate the addition of new shrines of
Hanuman and Rama Parivar. “Kumbhabhishekam is performed for the welfare of the community”, according to a Temple
Sponsorship opportunities for the event include "MahaKumbhabhishekam" at $5,001, jewels set for Hanuman at $1,121,
flower garlands to all deities at $1,001, cow puja at $121.
This Temple, whose history goes back to 1999, opens every day. Srinivasan Subramanian, Elango Ramanathan, Rajendar Tella
and Pradeep Ganesh are President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary respectively; while Jeyantheeswaran Bhattar
and Anil Sharma are the priests.
Ancient temple ritual of Kumbhabhishekam is believed to synergize-unite-homogenize the mystic powers of the deity and it
involves ritual bathing with sanctified sacred waters accompanied by chanting of appropriate mantras, thus transforming
the deity statue into a vibrant representation of the God.