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Shree Jalaram Mandir Sheelanyas Ceremony at Hoffman

By Suresh & Usha Bodiwala

Chicago IL (Oct 10, 2014): The Shree Jalaram Mandir of Hoffman is going thru a major renovation and expansion in 2014 and 2015. The project consists of a complete renovation of the existing building as well as expansion. The first floor and basement will be completely renovated to meet the demands of the growing organization. New LED light fixtures, fire sprinkler system, complete new HAVC system will be implemented into the existing building.  The expansion will be approximately 12,000 Square Feet.  The new temple will also have three new entrances with new canopies. The new prayer hall will be double the existing size. The lower level will be used for temple programs as well community events. A new stage and with updated AV system is also in the plans. Phase two of the project will be include “Indianization” of the building, with traditional Domes and Shikars. 

The temple committee has selected Sachi Contractors Inc for their construction needs. Sachi Contractors is an Illinois based general contractor/ construction management firm. Sachi successfully completed multiple non-profit projects across the USA.  Their experience with temples and nonprofit organizations was a key factor why the Jalaram Board has selected them.  Established in 2001, Sachi Contractors has worked closely with the Indo-American community. Apart from being a temple contractor, their projects range from medical centers, hotels, commercial, industrial, and residential.

It will be a dream come true for many devotees of Jalaram Bapa as expansion of Jalaram Mandir is scheduled to take place within 15 to 18 months as Idols have already arrived and a spacious community center will be built with the assistance of Sachi Contractors Inc. who has considerable experience in constructing temples.

Bhoomi Poojan was already done a few weeks ago and now Sheelanyas Ceremony was organized at Shree Jalaram Mandir, located at 425, Illinois Blvd , Hoffman Estates, IL on Saturday, October 4th 2014 from 2:00 pm onwards. More than 5:00 devotees were present during this auspicious occasion. It is heartening to note that the expansion work of the current Mandir and installation of Deities began with ‘Sheelanyas Pooja’. Devotees surrounded the huge excavation site to witness the event and felt they were taking part in the spiritual history of the temple. Construction began immediately after the foundation laying ceremony finished.  

Pooja was performed by learned priests Keyur Sevak and Hasmukhbhai Trivedi amidst the presence of Maheshbhai and Sarika Patel; Umedbhai and Mayaben Patel; Vitthalbhai and Jayaben Patel; Ravibhai Patel; Ketanbhai Patel; Manishbhai and ASmitaben Patel; Chirayubhai and Alpaben Parikh; and Rohitbhai Patel (Sach Construction). Religious ceremony included  Ganesha Pujan, Madhyapith Pujan, Rudra Pujan, Sheelanyas Pujan, Mataji Pujan, Navgrah Pujan, Vastu Pujan and Havan Pujan.

Priests provided explanation of purpose and reason behind each ritual in a nutshell.  Dhartimata’s permission was sought to begin construction and her blessings to protect the center from any obstacles during the expansion work. 

Acharya Rajendra Prasadji blessed the congregation and he described the significance of this occasion, the importance of creating such temples, and the benefit attained by creating such centers for the preservation of Hindu morals, culture and principles. He explained the  importance of Nidhi Kumbh and appealed to everyone to donate $250 towards the Mandir and he received 30 generous donations.

The Sheelanyas Ceremony commenced with consecration of the bricks that would subsequently be laid in the foundation.  After that all Shilas were taken to Nine pits and were covered with Bricks and Clay to mark the beginning of construction work. The ceremonial urn containing panchamrut with the five nectars, gold and silver, was placed into each foundation pit.

The devotees included both very young children and also elderly men and women. The joy and delight was evident on everyone’s face- ‘Jalarambapa - have arrived in Chicago!’ The event concluded with spontaneous dancing and rejoicing by everyone present. The extraordinary delight of this significant occasion could be sensed in the atmosphere. Maha-prasad was taken by everyone present

Credit goes to team members for organizing such an excellent event. The whole team worked tirelessly. Commendable service was rendered by Shree Jalaram Mandir volunteers during the  Sheelanyas Ceremony. 
October 4th, 2014 was truly a historic day for Jalaram Mandir as a large number of devotees thronged to participate in the much awaited ceremony of Sheelanyas for the upcoming expansion of the Mandir.

The organization's sincerity and respect for the community was appreciated by all those who participated and witnessed this event. This significant milestone was achieved through the vision and blessings of Jalaram Bapa and strong support from the volunteers, neighbors, and town officials.