Chicago, IL: Shree Jalaram Mandir located at 425 Illinois Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL commemorated Iconic celebration of Murti Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav from July 6 to July 9, 2016. After 8 years of renovation and expansion to the temple, grand celebration was performed to install the idols of divinities or Bhagvan. The Murti Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav was started on Saturday, July 2nd with 108 Kundi Shubh Sankalp Yagna followed by Deh Shuddhi Karna Vidhi (day 1), Panchang Karma and Shobha Yatra (day 2), Vastu Pujan, Snnapam Vidhi and Abhishek (day 3) and finally Murti Pran Pratishtha on Saturday, July 9, 2016. This once in a life time historic event was celebrated with Chanting Mantras, Shlokas, dancing, singing, and cultural performances on last day by kids. Mahaprasad was served every day after the Puja Vidhi. The entire event was broadcast live on Airwave and YouTube.
The event included grand re-opening ceremony for major structural upgrades of the temple and installation of nine deities carved from precious ‘Makrana’ marble stones, along with installation of Statue of Shree Jalaram Bapa. The event was attended by overflowing crowd of approximately 2500 devotees. Major expansion project costing upwards of $3.2 Million was started few years after foundation of Mandir. Trustees had to go back to drawing board for major expansion soon after the opening the doors of temple first time, as the facility had outgrown to accommodate ever increasing number of devotees and visitors. The Pran Pratistha ritual ceremony marked the high point of the Pooja and festivity and invocation ritual after this, the deity statues hence forth considered to have infused life into them or considered as consecrated.
This sacrament was performed by total of 11 high ranking Acharya’s who had travelled from different parts of US. They were Sh. Anantbhai Dixit (Main Acharya) from Toledo OH, Jayeshbhai Pandya from Philadelphia, Manishbhai Trivedi from Cleveland OH, Janakbhai Joshi from Birmingham, AL, Yogeshkumar Joshi from Chicago, Mayurbhai Shastriji from Merryville IN, Kaushikbhai Joshi from Detroit MI, Rohitbhai Joshi from Chicago, Satishbhai Joshi from Chicago and Shree Jalaram Mandir Pujari Sh. Keyurbhai Sevak and Dharmendrabhai Pandya. In addition, event was performed under spiritual guidance of Shri Adhyatmanand Swamiji of Shivannd Ashram from Ahmedabad and Shri Rajendra Prasad Shastri from Bhavnagar, India.
The July 9th was recognized as the Shree Jalaram Day in State of IL by the governor, Mr. Bruce Rauner. The event was also attended by Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod, Trustee Anna Newell, Trustee Michael Gaeta, and Schaumburg Trustee Diane Dunham, Trustee Nimesh Jani, Supervisor Mary Wroblewski, state representative Michelle Mussman,
Murti Pratistha Yajmans, Sponsor and devotees opened up their heart and soul and donated generously. There were 16 Main Yajmans for Murti Pran Pratishtha, including:
Jigar & Bhumika Thakkar, Ketu Amin & Komal Patel, Dr. Kamal, Dr. Charu, Neil & Bindi Vibhakar , Dr. Bharat & Dr. Panna Barai, Manish & Asmita Patel, Jitendra & Rashmi Patel, Rohit, Jyotsna, Chirag & Samir Patel, Ghanshyam & Trusha Patel, Rajesh & Arti Thakkar, Kalpesh & Deepa Modi, Madhusudan & Nirmala Thakker, Sudhir, Raksha & Sameer Manek, Hiren & Chandani Thakkar, Vitthal & Jaya Patel, Sanjay & Ila Patel, Piyush, Geeta & Soni Chaudhari.
The sponsors for groceries were Jalaram Produce, Deep Foods, Primer Foods, Nirav Foods, Rajshree Groceries, and Tulsi Grocers. Also, many other sponsors donated generously for Mahaprasad including sweets.
The video recording was sponsored by Guru Krupa. CD sets will be available from the Mandir office.
Behind this success, there are many people who put in a lot of effort ranging from those who voluntarily jumped in to seven days festivity and worked round the clock in order to make this event a historical one. It is because of you, the scale of the success of this event will be remembered for a long time” said by the Governing board members of Shree Jalaram Mandir.
Trust Board: Chirayu Parikh, Chandulal Thakkar, Jashwant Patel, Dharmendra Thakkar, Rajesh Thakkar. Raju Thakkar, Hasmukh Thakkar, Bhavik Thakkar, Harivadhan Thakkar, Ramesh Thakkar, Dr. Ghanshyam Thakkar and Yogesh Thakkar
Executive Board: Bhupendra Thakkar, Bakul Thakkar, Ashish Thakkar, Ravi Thakkar, Jayshree Thakkar, Mahesh Patel, Vipul Thakkar, Jigna Thakkar, Dipak Thakkar, Nayna Soni, Rajendra Thakkar, Chandrakant Thakkar and Niranjan Nathwani
Shrimad Bhagvat Katha by the Internationally Renowned Pujya Shri Rameshbhai Oza (Bhaishri)
Sunday, Aug 7th to Sunday, Aug 14th 2016 (8 days)
Sun, Aug 7th – 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Mon to Sat (Aug 8th to 13th) – 6:00 pm – 9:30pm
Sun, Aug 14th: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Kids Session: Tuesday, Aug 9th – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Source: Asian Media USA
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