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Kartik Purnima & Tulsi Bibhah



On the occasion of Kartik Purnima, the Hindu Temple at Wayne conducted "Tulsi Bibhah" event with "Lord Madan Mohan" on Nov 13th, Thursday. Yajmans participated in these rituals as the parents of Bride and Groom. Devotees gathered in large number to witness the festival and worship the deities. Prashad was distributed at the end of the program.

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba bhajan was recited by Sai Devotees.

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Diwali, Annakoot Aarti

Diwali festival was cerebrated on Saturday, October 28th, 2008 followed by the Annakoot Darshan Aarti on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008. Chopada Pujan was performed on Diwali day. Many devotees brought lots of PRASHAD for Annakoot & offered to God.

On Tuesday, October 14th Lakshmi Puja/Sharad Purnima was observed with Satya Narayana Katha. Devotees participated in the Satya Narayana Puja. Mahaprasad was served after the Arati.

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Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Murti Pratisthapana Mahotsav
PRAN PRATISTHA MAHOTSAV of SRI SHIRDI SAI BABA (5feet 1inch White Marble Murti) was celebrated on Nov 1st, Saturday at Hindu Temple of Wayne, NJ. Pran Pratistha Shubharambh, Shobha Yatra, Snapan, Havan, Murti Pran Pratistha, Purnahuti / Bhajan / Maha Aarti rituals were followed. Thousands of devotees visited the temple, participated in the auspicious vent and worshipped all deities.

Many devotees joined the "SRI SAI SEVA SATSANG MANDAL". Please join the Satsang Mandal by sending email to Saibaba.GandhiCenter@gmail.com

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Vijaya Dasami & Navarati Celebration

Vijayadasami (Dushera) was celebrated with great devotion on the tenth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwina, Sunday, Oct 09th 2008 at Wayne Hindu Temple. It is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual festival of Dushera. The festival commemorated the victory of Rama over Ravana signifying the victory of good over evil and brought the festivities to a colourful close. A large number of devotees enjoyed MahaPrasad after the festival.

Hundreds of devotees with colorful dresses spent nine nights of Navaratri in song, Garba dance and merriment. Navaratri is the worship of the nine divine goddesses. On the day of Durga Ashtami, Friday Oct 07th 2008, devotees worshipped Goddess Durga at Wayne Hindu Temple and performed Havan rituals.

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Soul-stirring Pravachan by Swami Mukundanandji

Five day long (Aug 23th to Aug 28th) religious discourse "The Essence of Spirituality" by Swami Mukundananda of Jagadguru Kripalu Yog, India was organized at Hindu Temple during the evening hours. Devotees from all around the tri-state area attended the Pravachan as well as recited the Devotional Kirtan.

Free Yog & Meditation Classes were conducted by Swamiji everyday before the pravachan. Many participants benefited from these classes.

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti was observed on Oct 2nd at Gandhi Center.

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Shravan Mas & Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

Wayne Hindu Temple celebrated "SHRAVAN MAS" with Lord Shiva Abhiseka every day and performed "Purnahuti" on Aug 30th, saturday. The event concluded with Havan & Shiva Mahapooja. Many devotees participated in this month long Shravan Mas Pooja program and became the Yajman.

On Sept 03rd, 2008 Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated, which was attended by lot of devotees. Many young devotees offered Ladoo to Lord Ganesh. The following week on Sept 14th, Anant Chaturdashi ritual was observed with great tempo. Swami Nirajan of India delivered discourse on "Vendant' to all the devotees. Religious Discourse by Swami Sri Atmananda Founder of Satyachetana International Spiritual Movement was organized on Sept 20th & 21st. Swamiji talked about "Reviving the Lost Wisdom for this Transitional Era".

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Sri Balabhadra Janma & Sri Krishna Janmashtami
On the occasion of Sri Balabhadra Janma, Wayne Hindu Temple organized "Raksha Bandhan" ceremoney followed by the Satya Narayana Katha on Saturday Aug 16th. Mahaprasad was distributed after the Maha Arati. Devotees got the opportunity of listening to the Religious Discourse by Shree Maa Anantanand.

The following week on Aug 24th 2007, Sri Krishna Janmashtami Pooja was performed at the temple. It is one of the famous festival of Lord Krishna. A very large number of devotees worshipped Lord with Bhajan & Aarati. Mahaprasad was distributed at the end of the Mahapooja. At the midnight. the Pragatya ritual was perfomed by the priest.
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Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival

Lord Shree Jagannath Rath-Yatra (chariot festival) was celebrated with great devotion on Saturday, July 19th 2008 at the magnificent Wayne Hindu Temple. The festive procession was taken out on Wayne city road. Many Devotees got the fortune of touching/embracing the deities during the Pahandi event. Devotees, young and old, from the northeast USA participated in the festival and pulled the beautifully decorated Rath. Devotees enjoyed MahaPrasad & Cultural Programs after the festival.

The festival concluded on Saturday, July 26th 2008 with the Bahuda-Yatra (return chariot festival). On this day Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Sudarshan (the Chakra of Lord Krishna) and Madan Mohan returned from Gundicha Temple to the main temple. As per the rituals the deities were decorated with golden attire (Suna Vesa) and devottees sang Bhajan. An exquisite Indian Classical Dance Ensemble & Music program, Bahuda Sandhya was organized in the evening before the Yatra for the devotees.

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Dev Snan Poornima & Netrotsava
Held in the full-moon day of the month of Jyestha (June 22nd, Sunday) the "Devasnana Purnima or Snana Yatra", a famous festival of Lord Jagannath was performed with great devotion at Wayne Hindu Temple. On this day the idols were taken out in procession called as "Pahandi" along with the accompaniment of music and beating of drums to the "Snana Mandap". The bathing festival took place during the morning hours of the Purnima. After the 108 Kalash water bath the deities dressed up in the Gaja/Ganesh Vesa and carried with full rituals to the Anabasara (otherwise known as Anasara) Ghara.

Lord Jagannatha along his brother and sister suffers from high fever for 2 weeks after Snanapurnima remaining in absolute confinement called Anabasara. It is said that the Lord regains his health back on Netrotsava. The festival of the first appearance of the Lord Jagannath to his devotees is called Netrotsaba or Nava Yaubana (new youth). Temple celebrated "Netrotsava" on July 5th Saturday and Lord Jagannath returned to the Pooja Mandap with Naba Yaubana Vesa. Devotees offered flowers, home made prasad and performed Arati with various kinds of perfumes such as Dhupa, Aguru etc. Mahaprasad was disrtibuted after the pooja.
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Bhagavad Pravachan by Devi Vibhuti Sadhvi Chitralekhaji

Wayne Hindu Temple organized "Bhagavad Pravachan" which spanned for three days between Jun 13th till 15th. The discourse events were attended by hundreds of devotees and MahaPrasad was distributed to everyone after the Aarti.

Devi Vibhuti Sadhvi Chitralekhaji delivered "Religious Discourse" at Gandhi Center and answered the questions by devotees. She was touring USA from India.

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Vaisakhi Poornima & Chandan Yatra

On the occasion of Vaisakhi Purnima, Wayne Hindu Temple organized a "Religious Discourse" followed by the Satya Narayana Katha on Tuesday May 20th. Mahaprasad was distributed after the Maha Arati.

The famous Chandan yatra of Lord Jagannath starts on the third lunar day of the waxing moon of Vaisakha month, and continues for twenty days. This day is observed as Akhyaya Trutiya. The construction of Rath also begins on this day. On May 23rd, the Chandan Yatra Pooja was performed at the temple. It is one among the famous twelve yatras of Lord Jagannath. As an act of devotion, sandalwood paste was applied to the deities. Since the month of Vaisakha is very hot in India, the cooling effect of the sandalwood is very pleasing to the body of the Lord.

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Sri Ram Navami & Hanuman Jayanti

On Sunday, April 13th, 2008, Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama, was celebrated with great fervor and gaiety at Wayne Hindu Temple. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special "Sri Ram Navami Pooja" was performed by chanting Vedic mantras and offering flowers/fruits to the god. Ram Navami festival was observed with the recitation of Sundar Kand Ramayana & Ram Bhajans to celebrates the birth of Lord Rama the son of King Dasharath. Devotees enjoyed the Prasad after the Pooja event.

  Mahabishuba Sankranti was celebrated on the same day. Devotees participated in Pooja and Bhajan program. This event was known as "Pana Sankrati", on which a delicious "Pana" (sweet drink) was offered to the Lord. The Pooja followed by Maha Arati & Prasad. A large number of devotees attended the Pooja events. Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated on April 20th to commemorate the birth of Hanuman. Devotees recited the Hanuman Chalisa 108 times and spent the day in the Japa of Ram-Nam.

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Holi & Dhuleti Celebration
Phalgun Purnima was observed on Friday, March 21st, 2008 with a great devotion. The recitation of Satya Narayana Katha was performed on the occasion of full moon day. In the evening Holi celebration began with lighting up of bonfire symbolizing the "Holika Dahan". On Saturday March 22nd, Dhuleti/Holi - the festival of colors was celebrated. All the devotees enjoyed the Rangotsava by throwing brightly colored powder ('gulal' and 'abeer') and water over each other. Dancing crowd to the tunes of folk songs made the atmosphere more colorful.

The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon. Sweets and Prasad was distributed to the devotees.
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Maha Shivaratri Abhisheka

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, a large number of devotees gathered at the Wayne Hindu Temple on March 06th, to participate in Rudravisheka, Lotus Pooja, and chanting of Lord Shiva Mahima. The pooja mandap backdrop was magnificently converted into the snow-clad Kailash mountain, the home of Lord Shiva. Maha-Prasad was served to the devotees. The event concluded with Maha-Aarti at the midnight.

The most significant practices on this day are offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, fasting and all night long vigil.

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Vasant Pachami & Sri Jagannath Padma Vesha Darshan

On Saturday, February 09th, 2008, Wayne Hindu Temple observed Sri Jagannath Padma Vesha (Lotus Attire) Darshan rituals. The festival started with Havan followed by Bhajan Sandhya and a short Cultural Program. The event concluded with Maha Aarti & Maha Prasad.

Vasant Panchami, the festival of Goddess Saraswati was celebrated. Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, knowledge, and wisdom. Saraswati is represented in Hindu mythology as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the Creator of the universe. Since knowledge is necessary for creation, Saraswati symbolizes the creative power of Brahma.

Pooshya Poornima was celebrated at the temple and Satya Narayana Katha was recited.

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Mahatma Gandhi Nirvan Day

ICS-NJ observed Mahatma Gandhi Nirvan Day on Saturday, February 02nd, 2008. Some Members of the community sang patriotic songs and paid homage to Gandhiji. Little angels of "Bal Vihar" (a weekly class run at Gandhi Center) and "Kala Niketan" performed verities of patriotic programs on the stage with a great dedication.

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Makar Sankranti/Uttarayana/Pongal
on Sunday, January 14th, 2008, Wayne Hindu Temple observed Makar Sankranti rituals. The event started with Kite decoration followed by a religeous discourse. Many devotees participated in Satya Narayana Katha and offered lord flowers as well as prasad (Bhog) items. The event concluded with Maha-Aarati & Maha Prasad .

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated with great devotion. On this day the Sun begins its ascendancy and journey into the Northern Hemisphere, and thus it signifies an event wherein the Gods seem to remind their children that 'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya'. May you go higher & higher - to more & more Light and never to darkness.
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Dhanus Sankranti Pooja and New Year Abhisheka

. This religious function Dhanus Sankranti, was celebrated on Saturday, December 16th, 2007, at the temple by offering Lord the sweetened rice flakes which are specially prepared in a Conical shape commonly known as "Dhanu Munaan" specially brought from Puri. Many devotees gathered together to worship Lord Jagannath and recited Bhajans along with "Vishnu Sahashra Naam". Volunteers prepared the prasad and distributed to the devotees.

"New Year Abhisheka" was performed on the day of the New Year. Havan rituals along with MahaPooja was performed at the temple followed by Maha Aarti. All devotees took part in the holy offering of ghee, milk & flowers to the Lord.

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Garud Sthambha Sthapana and Prathamastamee Abhisheka
On Saturday Dec 1st "Garud Sthambha Sthapana" was performed at Wayne Hindu Temple with great devotion. The auspicious event was followed by the "Maha Snan & Abhisheka Rituals" of Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra. Many devotees participated in this wonderful opportunity and experienced the religious function of "Puri Dhaam". Bhajan Sandhya, Maha Aarti and Prashad followed the event.
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2007 Annual Day Celebration

India Cultural Society-NJ, organized the "Annual Day Celebration" on Sunday, November 18th, 2007 at Mahatma Gandhi Center Auditorium. The evening started with Aarti, dinner and followed by fun filled musical program. A popular musical group from India performed live 4-5hrs long musical extravaganza along with dance performances by young local talents. Invited Artists filled the night with many sensasional collections of Indian Music. An auditorium full of visitors participated in the fund-raising program and enjoyed the melody shows. We thank you all for your generous support.

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Kartik Purnima & Tulsi Bibhah
On the occasion of Kartik Purnima, the Hindu Temple at Wayne conducted "Tulsi Bibhah" event with "Lord Madan Mohan". Yajmans participated in these rituals as the parents of Bride and Groom. Devotees gathered in large number to witness the festival and worship the deities.
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Diwali & Annkoot Festival

The "Festival of Light" was celebrated on Friday, Nov 09th. The temple was decorated on this significant festival day by lighting rows of lamps (deepa). To enhance the joy of Diwali both the young and the old devotees lighted firecrackers and fireworks after the Maha Aarti. The Annkoot Darshan Aarti was celebrated on Saturday, Nov 10th, 2007. Many devotees brought lots of Prashad Items for the Annakoot & offered to God.

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Sarad Purnima Celebration
On Friday Oct 26th, the Sharad Purnima was celebrated at Wayne Hindu Temple. This festival comes on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. The brightness of the full moon brought special joy and devotees celebrated it by doing Garba and Lahni.
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Vijaya Dasami & Navarati Celebration

Vijayadasami (Dushera) was celebrated with great devotion on the tenth day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Ashwina, Sunday, Oct 21st 2007 at Wayne Hindu Temple. It is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual festival of Dushera. The festival commemorated the victory of Rama over Ravana signifying the victory of good over evil and brought the festivities to a colourful close. A large number of devotees enjoyed MahaPrasad after the festival.

Hundreds of devotees with colorful dresses spent nine nights of Navaratri in song, Garba dance and merriment. Navaratri is the worship of the nine divine goddesses. On the day of Durga Ashtami, Friday Oct 19th 2007, devotees worshipped Goddess Durga at Wayne Hindu Temple and performed Havan rituals.

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Geeta Pravachan
Three day long (Sept 28th, 29th & 30th)religious discourse "Geeta Pravachan" by 9 years old Devi Bibhuti Sadhvi Chitralekhaji from India was organized at Hindu Temple during the evening hours. Devotees from all age group attended the Pravachan and recited many devotional songs.

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti was observed on Oct 2nd at Gandhi Center.
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Shravan Mas & Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

Wayne Hindu Temple celebrated "SHRAVAN MAS" with Lord Shiva Abhiseka every day and performed "Purnahuti" on Sept 11th. The event concluded with Havan & Shiva Mahapooja. Many devotees participated in this month long Shravan Mas Pooja program and became the Yajman.

On Sept 15th, 2007 Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated, which was attended by lot of devotees. The following week on Sept 25th, Anant Chaturdashi ritual was observed with great tempo.

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Sri Balabhadra Janma & Sri Krishna Janmashtami
On the occasion of Sri Balabhadra Janma, Wayne Hindu Temple organized "Rakhya Bandhan" ceremoney followed by the Satya Narayana Katha on Tuesday Aug 28th. Mahaprasad was distributed after the Maha Arati.

The following week on Sept 4th 2007, Sri Krishna Janmashtami Pooja was performed at the temple. It is one of the famous festival of Lord Krishna. A very large number of devotees worshipped Lord with Bhajan & Aarati. Mahaprasad was distributed at the end of the Mahapooja. At the midnight. the Pragatya ritual was perfomed by the priest.
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Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival

Lord Shree Jagannath Rath-Yatra (chariot festival) was celebrated with great devotion on Saturday, July 21st 2007 at the magnificent Wayne Hindu Temple. The festive procession was taken out on Wayne city road for few hours. Devotees got the fortune of touching/embracing the deities during the Pahandi event. Many devotees, young and old, from the northeast USA participated in the festival and pulled the beautifully decorated Rath. Devotees enjoyed MahaPrasad after the festival.

The festival concluded on Sunday, July 29th 2007 with the Bahuda-Yatra (return chariot festival). On this day Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, Lord Sudarshan (the Chakra of Lord Krishna) and Madan Mohan returned from Gundicha Temple to the main temple with the music of drums, tambourines, etc. As per the rituals the deities were decorated with golden attire (Suna Vesa) and devottees sang Bhajan. Guru Poornima was celebrated in the evening after the Yatra followed by Mahaprasad.

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Dev Snan Poornima & Netrotsava
Held in the full-moon day of the month of Jyestha (June 30th, Saturday) the "Devasnana Purnima or Snana Yatra", a famous festival of Lord Jagannath was performed with great devotion at Wayne Hindu Temple. On this day the idols were taken out in procession called as "Pahandi" along with the accompaniment of music and beating of drums to the "Snana Mandap". The bathing festival took place during the morning hours of the Purnima. After the bath the deities dressed up in the Gaja/Ganesh Vesa and carried with full rituals to the Anabasara (otherwise known as Anasara) Ghara.

Lord Jagannatha along his brother and sister suffers from high fever for 2 weeks after Snanapurnima remaining in absolute confinement called Anabasara. It is said that the Lord regains his health back on Netrotsava. The festival of the first appearance of the Lord Jagannath to his devotees is called Netrotsaba or Nava Yaubana (new youth). Temple celebrated "Netrotsava" on July 15th Sunday and Lord Jagannath returned to the Pooja Mandap with Naba Yaubana Vesa. Devotees offered flowers, home made prasad and performed Arati with various kinds of perfumes such as Dhupa, Aguru etc. Mahaprasad was disrtibuted after the pooja.
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Purushottam Mas Celebration

Wayne Hindu Temple celebrated "PURUSHOTTAM MAS" which spanned for a month between May 17th June 15th. The event started with the pooja event "Adhik Mas Sthapana" and concluded with Adhik Mas Purnahuti Pooja & Purushottam Maha Yag. Many devotees participated in this month long Adhik Mas Pooja program and became the Yajman. Samooh Satyanarayan Katha was organized on June 2nd, 2007 Saturday followed by Samudra Snan Festival on Saturday June 09th.

On June 20th, 2007 Pujya Shri Rameshbhai Oza delivered "Religious Discourse" at Gandhi Center, which was attended by lot of devotees. The following week, Pujya Shri Ashwinbhai Pathak recited "Sunder Kand Katha".

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Vaisakhi Poornima & Chandan Yatra
On the occasion of Vaisakhi Purnima, Wayne Hindu Temple organized a "Religious Discourse" followed by the Satya Narayana Katha on Wednesday May 2nd. Mahaprasad was distributed after the Maha Arati. Visiting religious speaker from Haridwar, Shri Sanjay Saxena delivered a lecture on "Gayatri Mantra and Its Meaning In Life". Many local guests attended the event on Saturday, April 28th and welcome Mr. Saxena.

The famous Chandan yatra of Lord Jagannath starts on the third lunar day of the waxing moon of Vaisakha month, and continues for twenty days. This day is observed as Akhyaya Trutiya. The construction of Rath also begins on this day. On April 20th Akhyaya Trutiya Poojaj was performed and a piece of wood was brought into the temple to symbolically start the Rath construction. On Sunday, May 13th the Chandan Yatra Pooja was performed at the temple. It is one among the famous twelve yatras of Lord Jagannath. As an act of devotion, sandalwood paste was applied to the deities. Since the month of Vaisakha is very hot in India, the cooling effect of the sandalwood is very pleasing to the body of the Lord.
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Sri Ram Navami & Hanuman Jayanti

On Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama, was celebrated with great fervor and gaiety at Wayne Hindu Temple. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special "Sri Ram Navami Pooja" was performed by chanting Vedic mantras and offering flowers/fruits to the god. Ram Navami festival was observed on March 31st 2007 with the recitation of Sundar Kand Ramayana & Ram Bhajans to celebrates the birth of Lord Rama the son of King Dasharath. Devotees enjoyed the Prasad after the Pooja event.

Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated on April 01st & 02nd to commemorate the birth of Hanuman. Devotees recited the Hanuman Chalisa 108 times and spent the day in the Japa of Ram-Nam.   Mahabishuba Sankranti was celebrated on Saturday, April 14th, 2007. Devotees participated in Pooja and Bhajan Sandhya. This event was known as "Pana Sankrati", on which a delicious "Pana" (sweet drink) was offered to the Lord. The Pooja followed by Maha Arati & Prasad. A large number of devotees attended the Pooja event.

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Holi & Dhuleti Festival
Phalgun Purnima was observed on Saturday, March 03rd, 2007 with a great devotion. Sastriji recited Sata Narayana Katha on the occasion of full moon. . In the evening Holi celebration began with lighting up of bonfire. On Sunday March 04th, Holi - the festival of colors - devotees enjoyed the Rangotsava by throwing brightly colored powder ('gulal' and 'abeer') and water over each other. Dancing crowd to the tunes of folk songs made the atmosphere more colorful.

The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon. Sweets and Prasad was distributed to the devotees.
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Maha Shivaratri Abhisheka

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, a large number of devotees gathered at the Wayne Hindu Temple on February 16th, to participate in Rudravisheka, Lotus Pooja, and chanting of Lord Shiva Mahima. The pooja mandap backdrop was magnificently converted into the snow-clad Kailash mountain, the home of Lord Shiva. Maha-Prasad was served to the devotees. The event concluded with Maha-Aarti at the midnight.

The most significant practices on this day are offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, fasting and all night long vigil.

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Vasant Pachami & Pooshya Poornima
On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, Wayne Hindu Temple observed Vasant Panchami. Young devotees worshipped Goddess Saraswati and chanted shlokas. Saraswati is the Goddess of learning, knowledge, and wisdom. Saraswati is represented in Hindu mythology as the divine consort of Lord Brahma, the Creator of the universe. Since knowledge is necessary for creation, Saraswati symbolizes the creative power of Brahma.

Pooshya Poornima was celebrated on February 2nd 2007. Many young devotees (kids) participated in Satya Narayana Katha with lot of devotion. Maha-Prasad was distributed at the end of the Pooja event.
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Mahatma Gandhi Punyatithi

ICS-NJ observed Mahatma Gandhi Punyatithi on Sunday, January 28th, 2007. Some Members of the community sang patriotic songs and paid homage to Gandhiji. Little angels of "Bal Vihar" (a weekly class run at Gandhi Center) performed verities of patriotic programs on the stage with a great dedication.

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Makar Sankranti/Uttarayana/Pongal
on Sunday, January 14th, 2007, Wayne Hindu Temple observed Makar Sankranti rituals. The event started with Kite decoration followed by a religeous discourse on "The Significance of Makar Sankranti" by Swami Shankarananda Giri from Rishikesh, India. Many devotees participated in Satya Narayana Katha and offered lord flowers as well as home made prasad (Bhog). The event concluded with Maha-Aarati & Maha Prasad .

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated with great devotion. On this day the Sun begins its ascendancy and journey into the Northern Hemisphere, and thus it signifies an event wherein the Gods seem to remind their children that 'Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya'. May you go higher & higher - to more & more Light and never to darkness.
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Dhanu Sankranti Pooja and New Year Abhisheka

On the occasion of Dhanu Sankranti, Wayne Hindu Temple observed Pooja rituals for Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Sudarshana. This religious function was celebrated on Saturday, December 16th, 2006, at the temple by offering Lord the sweetened rice flakes which are specially prepared in a Conical shape commonly known as "Dhanu Munaan" specially brought from Puri. Many devotees gathered together to worship Lord Jagannath and recited Bhajans along with "Vishnu Sahashra Naam". Volunteers prepared the prasad and distributed to the devotees.

"Lord Nrusingha Yagna" and "Lord Shiva Abhisheka" were performed on the day of the New Year. All devotees present at the temple got a chance to take part in the holy offering of ghee, milk & flowers to the Lord.

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2006 Annual Day Celebration
India Cultural Society-NJ, organized the "Annual Day Celebration" on Saturday, December 09th, 2006 at Mahatma Gandhi Center Auditorium. The evening started with Aarti, dinner and followed by fun filled musical program. A popular musical group "MUSIC MELODY" from India performed live 5-6hrs long musical extravaganza along with dance performances by young local talents. The artists like Geeta Sabuwala, Yashwant Kumar, Shyam Avadi, Harshad Tamboli, Govind Rawal, Helen and Bharat Gohil filled the night with many hit collections of Indian Music. Students of "Arun Arts" did a fabulous job of dancing in groups with the tunes of Hindi Music. The program was choreographed very nicely and caught everyone's attention. An auditorium full of crowd joined the fund-raising program and enjoyed the melody shows. Thanks to all for your support.
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Prathamastamee Abhisheka

On Saturday Nov 11th the "Maha Snan & Abhisheka Rituals" of Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra was performed at the Wayne Hindu Temple. Many devotees participated in this wonderful opportunity and experienced the religious function of "Puri Dhaam". Bhajan Sandhya, Maha Aarti and Prashad followed the event.

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Kartik Purnima & Tulsi Bibhah
On the occasion of Kartik Purnima, the Hindu Temple at Wayne conducted "Tulsi Bibhah" event with "Lord Madan Mohan". Yajmans participated in these rituals as the parents of Bride and Groom. Devotees gathered in large number to witness the festival and worship the deities. Prashad was distributed at the end of the program.
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Diwali & Annakoot Aarti

Diwali festival was cerebrated on Saturday, October 21st, 2006 followed by the Annakoot Darshan Aarti on Sunday, October 22nd, 2006. Many devotees brought lots of PRASHAD for Annakoot & offered to God. On Saturday, October 28th Sant Tulsidas Statue Unveiling Ceremony by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji was observed.

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Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
ICS-NJ observed Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti on Sunday, October 01st, 2006. Popular Indian Singer Lalitya Munshaw presented a mesmerizing Musical Program. She performed Bhajans at the Gandhi Center auditorium. Hundreds of people enjoyed the melodious songs.
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Navaratri & Durgasthamee

On September 23rd 2006, NAVARATRI was celebrated followed by daily "Garba" and "Raas" Program for ten days. Many families participated in the "Garba" and enjoyed the festival. Durgasthami was observed on Saturday, September 30th, 2006 with Chandi Yagna. Devotees from all around the state worshipped Durga Maata at the temple.

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Pran Pratistha Mahotsav
On Aug 4th, 5th and 6th, Hindu Temple of Wayne, NJ celebrated the Pran Pratistha Mahotsav of Lord Ganesh, Laxmi Narayan, Maa Durga, Radha Krishna, Sita Ram, Shiv Parivar and Hanumanji. Thousands of devotees visited the temple, participated in the religious event and worshipped all the new deities along with Lord Jagannath.

The Hindu Community of Wayne township and surrounding area of New Jersey, on August 4,5 and 6 of year 2006 witnessed a historical event of Pran Pratishtha in Wayne.

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Rath Yatra 2006

Rath-Yatra (chariot festival) was celebrated on Saturday, July 8th 2006 at the magnificent Wayne Hindu Temple for the resident Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, and Shree Sudarshan (the Chakra of Lord Krishna). A procession was taken out in the city of Wayne, NJ for two hours. The Chief Guest, Honorable Mayor Scott T. Rumana, Mayor of Wayne NJ, graced the joyous ceremony, and was overwhelmed by the ritualistic celebration. Over five hundred devotees, young and old, from the northeast USA participated in the festival.

On Sunday, July 15th 2006, Bahuda-Yatra (return journey) was celebrated, where the deities returned to the new temple in a chariot procession. The festival began with Aarti and Pushpanjali of Lord Jagannath.

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Lord Jagannath Murti-Pratisthapana
July 4th 2006 marked an important day for all the Jagannath devotees in the USA. It is the day, Lord Shree Jagannath, Shree Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra, and Shree Sudarshan (the Chakra of Lord Krishna), were installed at the magnificent Hindu temple in Wayne NJ, after the conclusion of an elaborate three-day Murti-Pratisthapana (consecration) ceremony.

It is the wish of the Lord that He wants to live at the Wayne Hindu Temple; without His blessings, this difficult task could not have been accomplished. Also, the support of Gajapati Maharaja of Puri (Orissa, India), and Sri Ramesh Rajguru is noteworthy. They provided all the guidance and advice for this holy ceremony, and also helped determine the auspicious time. It is because of their support, the Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, and Sudharshana, are constructed from the unique Neem wood, as DaruBramha (supreme force manifesting in the form of wooden idol) by Puri Maharana Ghanashyam Mohapatra, just like they are constructed in the Jagannath Puri temple. The other deities, Sridevi, Bhudevi, Madhava, and Madan-Mohan, who are worshipped in a Jagannath temple, also came from Puri.

This is the first time in the northeast USA, and only the fourth place in USA, Lord Jagannath is installed and worshipped according to the Jagannath Puri traditions. Lord Jagannath is worshipped daily at 12 noon and 7:30 PM in the main prayer hall in Wayne Hindu Temple.

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