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San Martin, CA – Cloudy skies, pouring rain and a flooded parking lot did not prevent the Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center Inc (VVGC), San Martin’s Hindu Temple, from having their Grand Inauguration Ceremony on Dec. 11, 2022.

Devotees and volunteers arrived in sarees, kurta tops and veshtis to participate in the dedication of the main worship hall, the Kalyan Utsav, and to see all the deities finally installed. 

A Rainbow of Good Luck

Morgan Hill City Councilmember Rene Spring congratulated the crowd on the beautiful temple. He mentioned noticing a rainbow right behind the main hall when he parked.

“Where I come from this is a sign, this is a good sign. This is a sign of hope, this is a sign of better days to come.”

Ganesh Shasthry, founder of the Center, was happy to have finally inaugurated the main hall. “This is for the community, people can come and have darshan and get blessings from the lord.”

A Place of Peace

VVGC will next focus on building a commercial kitchen as well as obtaining a horse chariot and cow cart for the enjoyment of younger visitors, said Shasthry.

Revathi Sriram, a long time temple volunteer and MC for the inauguration ceremonies, greeted visitors and answered questions after the puja and speeches ended. She was there when the temple was just an idea almost 20 years ago.

“We welcome everyone,” said Sriram. “It’s a place of peace.”

Devotees sit inside the Main Hall watching the Kalyan Utsav. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Heavy rains flooded the Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center parking lot. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
A young woman holds up the mangalyam for the Kalyan Utsav. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Pandit Bhaskaran Ganeshan Janardhan performs part of the Kalyan Utsav. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Women hold plates of sweet and and savory snacks outside the Main Hall to welcome back the deities during the Kalyan Utsav. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Pandit Ganesh Shasthry performs part of the Kalyan Utsav. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Guests and devotees take manjal, kumkum and bangles. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Goddess Durga at the Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center’s Main Hall. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Morgan Hill City Councilmember Rene Spring with husband Mark Hoffman, Raju Bhanot of the Sunnyvale Temple and Bloom Energy CEO KR Sridhar and wife sit as honored guests during the Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center’s Main Hall inauguration. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
A temple devotee sits. In the dining hall, across from the main hall, eating prasadam or blessed food. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Cows, including two new calves, graze at the back of Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local
Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center’s Main Hall is bathed in sunlight after an afternoon rain shower. Photo: Sree Sripathy for India Currents/CatchLight Local

Sree Sripathy

Sree Sripathy joined India Currents as a photojournalist and CatchLight Local Fellow as part of CatchLight's California Local Visual Desk program in June 2022. Reach out with story ideas or comments at...