NEW YORK: Vaishnav Temple of New York held its annual Annakut as part of the Diwali Celebration. More than 2,500 devotees attended the Annakut celebration. All devotees experienced a divine darshan of Lord Shrinathji to begin their new year. The festiveness was enjoyed by all ages both young and old. All Devotees were invited to take Mahaprasad before leaving the temple. Vaishnav Temple of New York is always glad to have such a tremendous turnout for this special event.
Established in 1988, The Vaishnav Temple of New York is the first traditional ‘Pushtimargiya’ temple in North America. We have been fortunate enough to have Shri Govardhannathji Prabhu enhance our lifestyles through his presence in New York for For more than twenty-five years through our beloved temple. The Vaishnav Temple of New York holds many religious activities every year. The Vaishnav Temple of New York also serves as a community service center whose purpose is to enrich people’s lives. Vaishnav Temple of New York participates in many community services such as Senior Citizen Center, Computer Classes, Gujarati Classes, Yoga Classes, and Health Fairs. The Vaishnav temple also supports HELP ( Human Enrichment by Love & Peace) which aids those struggling after facing natural disasters.
Anil Shah Trustee of the Temple said, “With the divine grace of God we have many devotees participating in today’s Annakutotsav, I really appreciate my Trustees, Board members Temple committee, and Volunteers for their hard work.”
President Jaymin Shah stated that Vaisnava celebrates Annakut because on this day Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill at his fingertips to save the people of Vrindavan from nature’s fury. Annakut, or mountain of food, is symbolic of the Govardhan Hill.
Special Guest Deputy Commissioner Dilip Chauhan mentioned in his speech that “ I commend the great volunteers’ work to organize such a fantastic Annakutotsav, I appreciate President Jaimin Shah and Trustee Anil Shah for putting this amazing event together. This event can not possible without tireless work from the Volunteers.“
Current Trustee Board members are Anil Shah – Chairman, Harshad Patel, Arvind Dharia, Govind Akruwala, Govind Butala, Harish Parikh, Hiten Shah, Mayur Shah, Mukund Mehta, Narendra Shah, Dr. Padmakant Shah, Pravin Parikh, Rohit Sakaria, Setu Shah, Vinod Shah. President – Jaimin Shah, Vice Presidents are Atul Sakaria, Manish Shah, Parthiv Shah, Pradip Parikh, Secretary – Kumar Mathuria, and Treasurer – Pravin Parikh.