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This Diwali, We All Could Use Some Light

From Surabhi’s Notepad – A column that brings us personal essays and stories, frivolous and serious, inspired by real-life events and encounters of navigating the world as a young, Indian woman living outside India.

Dressed in an orange salwar kameez, donning a small black bindi, as I sat on the floors of the verandah in my maiden home in Begusarai, finishing the last bits of the rangoli, it suddenly dawned on me that this was my last Diwali here. I was getting married soon, later in the month of November, and I did not know for sure when I would get a chance to celebrate Diwali in my hometown again. Nostalgia struck and I could see a carousel of images flash in front of my eyes—vibrant speckles of light livening the colony and the entire town, little kids spinning in euphoria around the chakri or ghirni, girls twirling their sparkly ghagra cholis, boys playing around in their best ethnic attires and arrays of sweets spreading the aroma of desi ghee in the air. 

As my entire childhood flashed before my eyes, a drop of tear trickled down my cheek and smudged a petal off my floral rangoli. I quickly fixed it and heralded inside to clean up and get ready for the pooja. I decided to enjoy every bit of it, and cherish every moment with my family. We all got dressed, offered our prayers, lit diyas, and burnt a few ceremonious crackers. This was four years ago. 

This year, as we gear up for yet another Diwali abroad, I miss home. I miss the smiling faces of friends and families. I miss the special desi ghee laddu and barfi. I miss the ambiance of the festival in the air. But most of all, I miss the quintessential Indianness of coming together as a community.

India’s unmatched sense of community

Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, is celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month of Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. 

One of the best things about growing up in a small Indian town is that you get to experience the sense of community at an altogether different level. For major festivals like Diwali, the entire town decks up and the air fills with ubiquitous love. Every shop, big or small, is decorated, every house, the poor’s or the rich’s, is lit with lamps, and people all over the town visit each other to exchange sweets and gifts.

One of the aspects that makes suburban and rural India unique and special, is the unmatched sense of community. Sadly, in big Indian cities, the essence of the community is slowly diminishing. Having grown up in a small town for 18 years of my life and then having spent a decade in the national capital, I can say this based on my personal experiences and observations. In the blind race to embrace everything modern (read western), we are becoming more and more closed. We have started living behind shut doors. We question all existing traditions and mock centuries-old rituals in the name of modernity. However, this notion cannot be generalized. 

Fortunately, there are still thousands of people who are keeping these traditions alive even while living away from their motherland. I know a lot of Indians, both friends, and families, based outside India in countries like Singapore, the UK, and the US who are actually more traditional than a lot of Indian friends living in cities like Delhi and Bangalore. Only last month, here in Singapore, I was invited to a friend’s place for Navratri celebrations where we offered prayers to Goddess Durga and enjoyed homemade traditional prasad.

On a personal level, I too try my best to celebrate festivals like Holi, Teej, Diwali, and Dussehra with my friends here in Singapore. We visit the temple together, cook traditional dishes, exchange gifts, and bask in the glory of our rich Indian culture. On that note, let me share how I celebrate Diwali in Singapore.

How I celebrate Diwali away from India…

Surabhi lighting a diya for Diwali.

Singapore is a multicultural country with a considerable Indian population. The mecca for Indians like myself looking for specific Indian supplies is Little India. So, naturally, all my festival preparations involve one or two trips to the markets to Little India where I get everything I need- from desi ghee laddu and pooja samagri to diyas and colorful earthen lamps. Besides, whenever I visit India, I make it a point to get sarees for myself and new clothes for my husband, keeping the upcoming festivals in mind.

As the festival approaches, I follow the drill that I grew up watching in my mom’s house. From thorough cleaning of the entire house to replacing old sheets and mats and buying new clothes and garlands for the divine images in my home temple.

Following a generations-old family tradition, one night before Diwali, I light the Jam ka Diya. This mitti ka diya is traditionally lit to keep the evil away and invite prosperity and happiness into the house. Lit at midnight, this diya is kept outside the main entrance of the house on a base of five essential grains or anaaj.

A day before Diwali, we celebrate Dhanteras, also known as Dhanatrayodashi. This day is dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari, Kubera, Yama, and Devi Lakshmi. There are several folk tales associated with this festival. 

One of the most popular ones is that of King Hima and how his wife laid all her gold and silver ornaments at the threshold of her husband’s sleeping chamber and lit an oil lamp in the evening upon hearing about the prediction of his death. The story entails that when Yama– the Lord of death arrived disguised as a serpent to kill King Hima, his eyes were blinded by the shining jewelry and the brilliance of the lamps. Yama returned without taking the life of King Hima. Another story goes that Dhanvantari-— the Lord of Medicine was born on this day following Samudra Manthan, a cosmic battle between Gods and Demons over Amrit or the holy nectar of immortality. 

I get really excited about this pre-festival celebration as we go out and buy gold or silver coins as a sign of prosperity to mark this day.  

On the night of Diwali, we deck our house with floral decorations, lamps, lights, and diyas, cook special dishes and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. I generally get my desi ghee laddu from Kailasa Parbat in Little India and try to make some sweets at home as well. We meet with some of our local friends and exchange gifts. I love dressing up in a saree and taking pictures for the families back at home.

Another key aspect of celebrating Diwali, or for that matter any festival abroad, is video calling everyone back at home and exchanging greetings and good wishes.

The next day, we celebrate baasi Diwali where we clean up the diyas that completely used up the oil and light the diyas that still have oil left in them using the baasi (old or stale) oil. This brings the three-day celebrations to an end and leaves us with lights twinkling in our eyes and smiles on our faces. I feel that as Indians, we are lucky to inherit a rich cultural heritage. Our traditions are thousands of years old and we must take pride in celebrating them no matter where we are. If we look at everything that is happening around the world right now—from natural disasters to health pandemics and increasing crime rates to the unnecessary spread of hatred—I think we all can use some knowledge over ignorance and some light.

May this Diwali enlighten us all with love, compassion, and kindness.

Shubh Deepavali!


Surabhi Pandey is a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to more than 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. Website | Blog | Instagram

Emerging From My Corona Cocoon

Just like everyone else, I remember where I was when the COVID-19  lockdown was announced. It struck as the school year was growing to a close in India. Thanks to it, the school where I worked closed down prematurely, and boy, was I happy about it. Fate laughed in my face just a few days later when just about everything locked down, and I understood a weird thing about myself.

I had been wanting some days to myself, where I could stay home, and forget about work. It happened. I wanted to stay in and not go out, vegetate at home completely. That happened. I wanted to concentrate on my home and my family. That happened too.

An ideal situation, yes, but just one caveat – it was not on my terms. Fate was forcing me to have a holiday. Every person I talked to said the same thing. Most of us being average salaried employees with a little money in the bank to fall back upon, we finally had some time to rest up and have family time. But to a man and woman, we resented it. To us, ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times’.

By the end of Lockdown 3, I’d truly had it. I got exactly what I asked for, but because it was imposed on me, I was PO-ed. As a family, we had maintained a kind of guarded peace at home, but we all knew that we were nearing the end of our tethers.

I had wild dreams about what I’d do the instant lockdown lifted. Not exactly floating on pastel-colored clouds, laughing for no reason and blowing bubbles, but something of the kind that was more suited to an obese 50-year-old. Visiting the library, going out with like-minded friends to chat over coffee and pakodas, catching a movie with family, going clothes shopping, that kind of thing. You know, all the normal things people like to do that won’t break the bank.

Fate gave me the break I wanted. But the tab, when it came, was huge. Coming out of lockdown, nothing was normal, and I just didn’t know what to do. I wanted to go out, but go out where and do what? 

Meeting friends was out – nobody wanted to come to my house and nobody wanted me at theirs. I could shop for essentials, but where was the fun in buying atta and chili powder? Therapeutic shopping, where you buy what you don’t need with money you don’t have and suffer guilt pangs for days, was out because the malls weren’t open yet. Eating out was out … unless you wanted to picnic on the sidewalk – restaurants were only doing takeout. You couldn’t travel … heck, you couldn’t leave town because the city limits were closed.

I could go for a walk, but that would be just lame – like chewing on a carrot stick when you’ve got major cheesecake cravings. 

And then there was the psychological component. Fear was an overwhelming factor. I’d heard stories from my father about how, during the plague, they would vacate their house if they saw a dead rat. In the case of Corona, there wasn’t any overt sign at all. Any desire to meet anyone was overridden by the trepidation – were they symptomless carriers? Even if they were clean, who had they met?

Those were the insidious things about COVID – suspicion and misgiving. What if the person I’m talking to was carrying the virus? S/he just sniffed – was s/he sick? Was that a Corona sniff or generic? Why? You might give people heart attacks by just sneezing. 

 Ever since my childhood, I’ve always loved to ride in auto rickshaws. When we moved back to India, I had got back in my auto habit without missing a beat. Since I was too chicken to drive, I took autos everywhere to the extent that I became the patron saint of the ‘auto men’ at our street corner. But now with Corona dominating the landscape inside and out, it became an effort to commit to an auto ride. Yes, things that I’d taken for granted became painful decisions. 

When it came to food, it got weirder. The cooks, the deliverymen … and even the food – all were suspect. And, why was I paying the big bucks when I had all the ingredients at home and all the time in the world to cook it? It just felt wrong. Dang, I was becoming my mother!

So, where I had thought I couldn’t wait to get out, I was now afraid to leave the house. I wasn’t winning this game, I wasn’t even breaking even. Aargh, what was I to do?

That was when I got an invite … for a puja at a friend’s place! It was just perfect! I had a legitimate excuse to get out. I could actually meet people other than family. Also, though I’m not very religious, I believe in hedging my bets. It might not be a bad idea to work myself into His good books. Or Hers. And finally, I’d be eating someone else’s cooking – you just can’t refuse prasad, don’t you know?

Now came the preparations to step out. In India, by some association, silk and gold are related to prayer and religious observances in India and it is practically law that you must wear a silk sari to a religious ceremony. Who was I to question this hoary tradition … especially since I had a new silk sari with a newly stitched matching blouse that actually fit me? 

Dressing to go out took forever. I had always been quite at home in saris as I’d worn them since I was 18, but the two months of dressing down in pajama bottoms and tank tops had taken its toll. Draping the sari took 10 minutes longer than normal and it felt horribly uncomfortable. Wearing bangles or bracelets had been a pre-COVID habit too. I snapped on my watch and put on a bunch of gaily-colored bangles – and instantly felt like I was manacled. I put on a gold chain (remember the unwritten law?) and felt like a middle-aged street dog forced into a collar for the first time. As for when I put on some lipstick, I felt like a painted woman. It felt all wrong.

However, being made out of strong stuff, I sailed across the threshold all manacled and chained … only to have my husband call me back.

“Haven’t you forgotten something?” he asked. I had my purse, I had my handkerchief, I had some Tupperware in case of leftover prasad … what else did I need?

He held out a black cotton mask. I stared at it, full realization hitting me. Putting it on, I realized bitterly that I might as well have been wearing an old nightie. At least, I’d have been more comfortable.

A drive in an auto restored some of my mood. When I got there, however, I was greeted not by the usual tray with haldi, kumkum, and flowers, but by the lady of the house holding out hand sanitizer. The penetrating smell of the chemical didn’t vibe with the look and feel of puja. The place looked like a masquerade ball or a massive hold-up with everyone wearing masks. I couldn’t recognize most faces and blundered around until the puja began.

To me, pujas have always been a time for my mind to wander. After the first suklam baradaram vishnum, my mind took off as usual. It is hard to focus during a puja when there isn’t anything specific to focus on. Priests can say just about any shloka they want and get away with it as long as they are careful to insert some well-known ones in between. It may be pouring for hours, leaving everyone blaming global warming, while it is only the priest next door reciting the Varuna Japa shlokas for a Ganapathi puja. 

Then it was time for the unmasking … the eating, that is. The fare was simple, but delicious. As I tucked into the uppittu with coconut chutney and kesari baath, I finally felt at home. That was when I realized that it is the smallest things that make up normality – things like family and friends gathering for a meal, trading little jokes, laughing together. Meeting, catching up with each other. Taking selfies and pictures of unsuspecting people tucking into food. Laughing at silly things and sharing sad news. 

I came away, reassured. No matter what, Corona can never take that away from us.


Lakshmi Palecanda moved from Montana, USA, to Mysore, India, and inhabits a strange land somewhere in between the two. Having discovered sixteen years ago that writing was a good excuse to get out of doing chores, she still uses it.

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple November Events

Saturday, November 2nd: Skandha sasthi soora samharam. Evening at 4.00 PM skandha sashti kavadi festival special pooja abhishekam, continued with Sri Venkateswara abhishekam, Continued with Sri Vishnu sahasra nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, November 3rd: Day light savings time ends.

Saturday, November 9th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu sahasra nama chanting, Sani trayodasi, Sani pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, November 12th: Evening at 5.00 PM, Aipasi pournami, Sri Shiva maha anna abhishekam, arati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Pournami vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana swamy pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family.

Wednesday, November 13th: Kritika vratha. Evening at 6.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, November 15th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwanewari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha sahasra nama chanting.

Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, November 17th: Evening at 6.30 PM, Sri Ayyappa mandala pooja begins. Special pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa (daily Ayyappa mandala pooja starting: November 17th 2019, Sunday to January 15th 2020, Wednesday, when mandala pooja ends).

Tuesday, November 19th: Evening at 6.30 PM, Sri Kala Bhairava asthami special pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, November 24th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Thursday, November 28th: Thanksgiving Day weekend timings.

Friday, November 29th: Day after Thanksgiving Day weekend timings.

Monday, December 2nd: Sukla Sashti. Evening at 8.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama archana, aarati and mathra pushpa.

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Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple August 2019 Events

Tuesday, August 6th:  Night at 8.30 PM, Sukla sashti vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama archana.

Friday, August 9th:  Sri Vara Lakshmi vratha Pooja:

  6:00AM – 1st Batch

  7:00AM – 2nd Batch

  8:00AM – 3rd Batch

 9:00AM – 4th Batch

10:00AM – 5th Batch

12:00PM – 6th Batch

Please bring the following items for Vara Lakshmi vratha/pooja: Turmeric powder, kum kum, sandal powder, agarbathi, camphor, beetle leafs (6), beetle nuts (4), coconut, variety of fruits, flowers, Sri Vara Lakshmi deity (silver mukham), silver kalasam (if you have in your house), Pancha pathira uttharani, kalasa vasthram, small deepam and prasadam for naivedhyam.

4:00PM – Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, followed by Sri Lalitha sahasra nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

6:00PM Samoohika Sri Vara Lakshmi vratha/pooja, aarati and manthra puhpa.

Please bring the following items for Sri Vara Lakshmi vratha samoohika pooja: Turmeric powder, kum kum, flowers, variety of fruits and prasadam for naivedhyam.

Monday, August 12th: Evening at 6.00 PM, soma pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka aarati and manthra pushpa.

Thursday, August 15th: Rig/Yajur upakarma avani avittam.

Yajur upakarma (avani avittam) – Brahmacharis samithathanam, kamokarishith japam, brahma yagnam, maha sankalpam, noothana yagnopaveedah dharanam, kandha rishi tharpanam, Sri Vigneswara / Sri Vishwekshena aardhana pooja, varuna sahitha, Sri Veda Vysa pooja, homa, Sri Veda aarambham, aaseervadham and theertha prasada viniyogam

5:55 AM – 1st Batch

8:00AM – 2nd Batch

10:00AM – 3rd Batch

Please bring the following items for avani avittam upakarma: Pancha patthra uttharani, plate (thambalam), rice, moong dhall, jaggerry, black seasame seeds, (black /ellu/till/ nalla nuvulu), variety of fruits, flowers, coconut, beetle leafs (4), beetle nuts (2), prasadam for naivedhyam.

Please bring the following items for thalai avani avittam (1st year prathama sravanam vadu’s brahmacharis): sundal, appam and prasadam for naivedhyam. Please contact the temple for further details.

6:00PM – Sri Pournami vratha /pooja, Sri Sathya Narayana swamy pooja/vratha. Please participate with family and friends.

Friday, August 16th: At 7:00AM – Sri Gayathri japam/ homam, aarati and manthra pushpa. 

Monday, August 19th:  Sri Maha Sankata Hara chathurthi. Evening at 5.00 PM Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, August 23rd: Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, kritika, vratha; Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka. Continued Sri Lalitha sahasra nama chanting. 

Evening at 6.00 PM, Gokula asthami, Sri Vaikasanasa jayanthi, Sri Janma Ashtami special pooja  aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, August 24th:  Evening at 4.00 PM Munithraya Sri Jayanathi, Sri Pancharatha, Sri Jayanthi pooja aarati and manthra pushpa.

Wednesday, August 28th: Evening at 6.00 PM, pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka  aarati and manthra  pushpa.

Monday, Septmber 2nd:  Labour day weekend timings.

Sama Veda upakarma, Morning at 7.00 AM, only one batch.

Sama Veda upakarma (samopa karma).

7:00AM – Only one batch. Please contact the temple for further details.

Ganesh Chathurthi / Vinayakar Chathurthi mahothsav

7:00AM – Temple opens with Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam, followed by Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka followed by Sri Siddhi Vinayaka vratha, aarati and manthra pushpa.

All Day – Continuous archana.

10:15 PM – Sukh Karta Dukh Hartha aarati and Jai Jagadeesha Hare aarati, Balaji ekantha seva. Temple closes after aarati.

Tuesday, September 3rd: Rishi Panchami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple May 2019 Events

  
Thursday, May 2nd: Pradosham Evening at 6:00pm, Shiva Sri Rudra Abhisheka Aarati and Manthra Pushpa
Sunday, May 5th: Kritika Vratha Evening at 4:00pm, Sri Valli Deva Sena Sametha Sri Subramanya Abhisheka Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Abhisheka Sri Shiva Abhisheka Aarti and Manthra Pushpa
Tuesday, May 7th: Sri Akhshaya Tritiya Sri Bala Rama Jayanthi Vening at 6:30pm, Sri Bhuwaneswari Special Pooja Aarati and Manthra Pushpa
Thursday, May 9th: Evening at 6:30pm, Sri Ramanujia Jayanthi, Sri Sankara Jayanthi Special Pooja Aarati and Manthra Pushpa
Friday, May 10th: Sukla Sashti Vratha Night at 8:00pm, Sri Valli Deva Sena Sametha Sri Subramanya Sahasra Nama Archana
Monday, May 13th: Sri Vasavi Jayantho
Thursday, May 16th: Pradosham Evening at 6:00pm, Shiv Sri Rudra Abhisheka Aarati and Manthra Pushpa
Friday, May 17th: Evening at 6:30pm, Sri Narashimha Jayanthi Special Pooja Aarati and Manthra Pushpa
Saturday, May 18th: 12:00 noon, Sri Nava Graha Loma/ Sri Saneeswara Graha Homa Continued with Sri Nava Graha Abhisheka Sro Sameeswara Graha Abhisheka.
2:00pm Vaikasi Visakham Sri Buddha Pournima Pournami Vratha Sri Santhaya Narayana Swamy/ Vratha/ Pooja Aarati and Manthra Pushpa. All Are Welcome to Participate with Family.
Evening at 4:30pm, Sri Venkateswara Abhisheka Continued with Sri Vishnu Shasra Nama Chanting Aarati and Manthra Pushpa
Sunday, May 19th: Evening at 4:00pm, Sri Kanchi Maha Periyaval Chandra Sekara Swamy Jayatnhi Special Pooja Aarati and Manthra Pushpa
Wednesday, May 22nd: Evening at 5:00pm, Sri Sankata Hara Chathurthi Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Loma/ Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Abhisheka Aarati and Manthra Puhpa
Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day Weekend Timings.
Tuesday, May 28th: 7:00pm, Sri Hanuman Jayanthi According to Lunar Calendar Chandramana Vaisaska Masa Poorvabhadra Nakshatra Sri Hunuman Jayanthi. All Are Welcome to Participate With Family.
Friday, May 31st: Evening at 5:00pm, Sri Bhuwaneswari/ Sri Lalitha Devi Abhisheka Continued With Sri Lalitha Sahara Nama Chanting.
Evening at 6:00pm, Pradohsam Shiva Sri Rudra Abhisheka Aarati and Manthra Pushpa.

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple April 2019 Events

Tuesday, April 2nd: Evening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, April 6th: Chaitra Noothana Vikari nama Samvath Saram (Telugu / Yugadi / Kannada / Marati). Gudi Padwa, New Year. Temple opens in the morning at 9.00 AM, Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam, continued with Sri Nava Graha Homa / Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, continued with Sri Nava Graha abhisheka / Sri Saneeswara Graha abhisheika, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu sahasra nama chanting, continued with panchanga patana / sravana pooja panchanga patanam / sravanam in Telugu / Kannada, aarati and manthra pushpa, continuous archana.

Vasantha Navathri begins in the night at 10.00 PM, Sukh Kartha Dukh Hartha aarati, Sri Jai Jagadeesha Hare aarati for Balaji, ekantha seva. Temple closes.

Monday, April 8th: Kritika Vratha, evening at 6.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Thursday, April 11th: Sukla Sashti Vratha, night at 8.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama, archana, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, April 13th: Smartha Sri Rama Navami, 12.00 Noon, Sri Nava Graha homa / Sri Saneeswara Graha homa / Sri Nava Graha abhiheka / Sri Saneeswara Graha abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Afternoon at 2.00 PM, Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam, special Pooja, aarti and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka / conitnued with Sri Vihnu sahasra nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, April 14th: Vikari Nama Samvathsaram, Tamil New Year Baisakhi, Temple opens in the morning at 7.00 AM, Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam, continued with Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka. Sri Shiva abhisheka, continued with panchanga patana / sravana, pooja pancchanga patanam / sravanam, aarati and manthra puhpa, continuous archana.

Night at 10.00 PM, Sri Sukh Kartha Dukh Hartha aarati for Balaji, ekantha seva. Temple closes.

Wednesday, April 17thEvening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, April 19th: Chaithra Pournami, Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha sahasranama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Chaithra Pournami, Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha, Chithra Guptha pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, April 22nd: Sri Sankata Hara Chathurthi, Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Lakshmi Ganapthi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

 

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple March 2019 Events

Sunday, March 3rd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, March 4th: Sri Maha Shiva Rathri mahothsav.  Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM. Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam, continued with Mahanyasam Kalasa Pooja, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.  Continuous Shiva abhisheka, last Kala abhisheka, Tuesday March 5th morning at 5.30 AM, Sri Shiva Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Temple closes.

Tuesday, March 5th: Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM.

Sunday, March 10th: Daylight saving time begins.

Tuesday, March 12th:  Evening at 6.30 PM, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Night At 8.30 Pm Sukla Sashti Sri Valli Deva Sena Sametha Sri Subramanya Sahasra Nama Archa Aarati And Manthra Pushpa

Thursday, March 14th: Karadayar Nombu Night at 8.30 PM Sri Bhuwaneswari (Sri Kamakshi) Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa. Please Contact the temple for further details.

Monday, March 18th: Evening at 6.00 PM, Soma Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Wednesday, March 20th:  Evefnign at 5.30 PM, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Evening at 6.00 PM, Pournima vratha, Holi festival. Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family.

Thursday, March 21st: Panguni Uttiram.

Sunday, March 24th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Shiva abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, April 2nd:  Evening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple February 2019 Events

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 2nd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with  Sri Vishnu sahasra nama chanting, continued with Sani Trayodasi  Shiva.  Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.                                                                

Saturday, February 9th: Vasantha Panchami akshrabhyasam. Please call the temple for further details.

Sunday, February 10th: Sukla Shasti Vratha. Night at 8.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama, archana, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, February 12th: Ratha Sapthami, Sri Bheeshma Ashtami. Evening at 6.30 PM, Surya Narayana

Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Wednesday, February 13th: Evening at 5.00 PM, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Sri Rahu Ketu peyarchi transition, Homa, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family and friends.

Saturday, February 16th: Sri Sarva Bheeshma ekadasi.

Sunday, February 17th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, February 18th: Presidents day weekend timings.

Tuesday, February 19th: Evening at 5.30 PM, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. 

Evening at 6.00 PM, Sri Pournami vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana Swami vratha/pooja. All are welcome to participate with family.

Friday, February 22nd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka.

Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi. Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa, abhisheka,  aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, March 3rd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham. Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, March 4th: Sri Maha Shiva Rathri mahothsav. Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM. Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam continued with Mahanyasam Kalasa Pooja. Shva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Continuous Shiva abhisheka.

Last Kala Abhisheka on Tuesday March 5th morning at 5.30 AM.  Sri Shiva Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Temple closes.

Tuesday, March 5th: Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM.

 

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple November 2018 Events

 

 

Sunday, November 4th: Day light saving time ends.

Monday, November 5th: Soma Pradosham.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Shiva Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, November 6th:  Opens in the morning at 10.00 AM. Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam, continued with Sri Shiva abhisheka, Sri Bhuwaneswari, Sri Lakshmi special pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa, Naraka Chathurdasi snanam, Deepavali festival day 1, continuous archana.

Night at 10.00 PM, Sri Lakshmi aarati and Sri Jai Jagadesha Hare aarati for Balaji ekantha seva and the temple closes.

Wednesday, November 7th: Opens morning 10.00 AM. Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam, Continued with Sri Shiva abhisheka, Sri Bhuwaneswari, Sri Lakshmi special pooja, Sri Kedara Gowri vratha, aarati and manthra pushpa,  Deepavali festival day 2, continuous archana.

Evening at 6.00 PM, samoohika Sri Lakshmi Kubera Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Night at 10.00 PM, Sri Lakshmi aarati, Sri Jai Jagadesha Hare aarati for Balaji ekantha seva and the temple closes.

Thursday, November 8th:  Gujarati new year, Skanda Sashti festival starts (November 8th to November 12th), Every night at 8.00 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sashasra nama archana.

Tuesday, November 13th: Evening at 6.00 PM, Kavadi Festival soora samharam, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya  abhihskea, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, November 17th: Karithikai masam. Sri Ayyappa mandala pooja begins (November 17th 2018 to January 15th 2019).

Evening at 6.00 PM Sri Ayyappa Mandala pooja begins. All are welcome to participate with family.

Tuesday, November 20th: Evening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham. Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Thursday, November 22nd: Thanksgiving Day weekend timings.

Evening at 4.00 PM, Shiva abhisheka, Bharani deepam, Sarvalaya deepam, Vaikanasa deepam, special pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 4.30 PM, Pournami vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana swamy pooja / vratha, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family.

Friday, November 23rd: Day after Thanksgiving Day weekend timings. Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka.

Evening at 5.00 PM, Karthikai deepam, Sri Annamalai deepam, Sri Pancharathra deepam.

Monday, November 26th: Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi.

Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Lakhsmi Ganapathi homa / abhisheka aarati and manthra ppushpa.

Thursday, November 29th: Sri Kala Bhairava ashtami.

Friday, November 30th: Sri Maha Deva asthami.

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Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple Events

Sunday, September 2nd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Sri Gokula Asthami, Sri Krisha Janma Asthami vaikanasa munithraya, Sri Jayanthi pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, September 3rd: Labor day weekend timings. Sri pancha rathra sri jayanthi.

Friday, September 7th: Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha Sahasra Nama chanting.

Evening at 6.00 PM, pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisehka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, September 11th: Sri Sama Veda upakarma, Morning at 7.30 AM, only one batch. Please contact the temple for further details.

Wednesday, September 12Th: Evening at 7.00 PM, Swarna Gowri vratha. Please contact the temple for further details.

Thursday, Setpember 13th: Ganesh Chathurthi, Sri Vinayaka Chathurthi. Temple opens in the morning at 7.30 AM. Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam, continued with Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Siddhi Vinayaka vratha pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa. Continuous archana night at 10.15 PM, Sri Sukh Kartha Dukh Hartha aarati and Jai Jagadesha Hare aarati for Balaji Ekantha Seva. Temple closes.

Friday, Setpember 14th: Rishi Panchami.

Saturday, September 15th: Night at 8.30 PM, Sukla Sashti, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya Sahasra Nama archana.

Sunday, September 16th: Evening at 7.00 PM, Ganesh visarjan, Ganesh Nimmarjanam function at San Martin temple. All are welcome to participate with family.

Saturday September 22nd: Sani Pradosham, Sani Triyodasi. Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Venkateswara  abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama chanting. Shiva Sri Rudra  abhisheka aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, September 23rd: Sri Annatha Chathurdasi vratha.

Monday, September 24th: Evening at 5.00 PM, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Pournima vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha. All are welcome to participate with family.

Tuesday, September 25th: Sri Mahalaya Paksha /  Pitru Paksha begins.

Friday, September 28th: Sri Maha Bharani, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi. Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha Sahasra Nama chanting. Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi. Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, September 29th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, October 1st: Sri Maha Vyadeeyapadam.

Tuesday, October 2nd: Madhya Asthami.

Wednesday, October 3rd: Sri Avidhava Navami.

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Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple April 2018 Events

Om Sri Mathre Namaha

Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple

(408) 226-3600
32B Rancho Drive, San Jose, CA, 95111
(Capitol Expressway West and Montrey Road Junction, Opposite and 1 Block from Capitol Cal Train Station)
www.vvgc.org or siliconvalleyhindutemple.com

Tuesday, April 3rd: Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Sankata Hara Chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, April 13th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka continued with Sri Lalitha Sahsra Nama chanting.

Evening at 5.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra Abhhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, April 14th: Vilambi Nama Samvathsaram / Baisakhi Tamil New Year, Souramana noothana nama samvathsaram, Vishu Punya Kalam. Temple opens in the morning at 8.00 AM. Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam, continued with Sri Nava Graha homa, Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama chanting, Panchanga patina pooja, Sravana pooja aarati and manthra pushpa.

Wednesday, April 18th: Sri Akshaya Tritiyai / Sri Bala Rama Jayanthi. Evening at 6.30 PM, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, Sri Buwanswari special Pooja, archana, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, April 20th: Evening at 630 Pm Sri Sankara Jayanthi Special Pooja  Aarati And Manthra Pushpa

Saturday, April 21st: Evening at 6.00 PM, Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi special pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa. Evening at 8.30 PM Sukla Sashti vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama archana.

Tuesday, April 24th: Sri Vasavi Jayanthi.

Friday, April 27th: Pradosham. Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, cotinued with Sri Lalitha sahasra nama chanting. Evening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka aarati and manthra  pushpa.

Saturday, April 28th: Evening at 6.00 PM, Sri Narasimha jayanthi, special Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, April 29th: Evening at 2.00 PM, Chithra Pournami, Sri Sahtya Narayana vratha / pooja aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family. Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Shiva abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Thursday, May 3rd:  Sri Sankata Hara Chathurthi. Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Lakshmi Ganapath homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, May 11th: Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka continued with Sri Lalitha sahasra nama chanting. Evening at 6.00 PM, Chandramana Vaisakha masa poorva bhadra nakshatra. Sri Hanuman jayanthi special Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, May 13th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka / Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Please Make A Note: Temple Address: 32 Rancho Drive, San Jose CA 95111

Temple Timings: Week Days Morning 10:00am to 12 Noon, Evenings at 6pm to 8pm.

Weekends And Holidays: 10am to 8pm

For Bhajan’s Religious Discourses, Music and Dance Performances, Private Poojas please contact Temple for further details Mangalani Bhavanthu, Subham Bhuyath, Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu, Love all serve all.

For Pujas and Rituals Contact: Pandit Ganesh Shasthry

880 East Fremont Ave #302, Cupertino Villas, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Home: (408) 245-5443 / Cell: (925) 209-7637

E-mail: srikalahatheeswara@yahoo.com

 

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple Events

Om Sri Mathre Namaha

Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple

(408) 226-3600
32B Rancho Drive, San Jose, CA, 95111
(Capitol Expressway West and Montrey Road Junction, Opposite and 1 Block from Capitol Cal Train Station)
www.vvgc.org or siliconvalleyhindutemple.com

Thursday, March 1st: Evening at 5.30 pm, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Evening at 6.00 pm, maasi makham (magam), holi festival, pournami vratha, Sri Sathyanarayana swamy vratha / pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family.

Monday, March 5th: Evening at 5.00 pm, Sri Sankata hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, March 11th: Daylight savings time begins.

Wednesday, March 14th: Evening at 6.00 pm, Pradosham Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Night at 8.30 pm, Sri Karadayar Nombu special pooja. Please contact the temple for further details.

Sunday, March 18th: Ugadi festival, chaitra vilambi nama samvathsaram. Temple opens in the morning at 6.00 am. Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam continued with Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Shiva abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, continued with Sri Panchanga patina / Panchaga sravana pooja in Telugu and Kannada. All are welcome to participate with family. Vasantha navarathri begins, continuous archana.

Sunday, March 18th; Night at 10.15 pm, Sukh Karta and Dukh Hartha aarati and Sri Jai Jagadesha Hare aarati for Balaji Ekantha seva, and the temple closes.

Thursday, March 22nd: Evening at 6.30 pm, kritika vratha Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya  abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, March 23rd: Night at 8.00 pm, Sukla Sashti Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramnaya sahasra nama archana.

Sunday, March 25th: Afternoon at 2.00 pm, Sri Rama Navami, Sri Sita Rama kalayanam festival.  All are welcome to participate with family.

Thursday, March 29th: Evening at 6.00 pm, Pradosham Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, March 30th: Sri Panguni Uttram.

Saturday, March 31st: 12.00 Noon, Sri Nava Graha homa, Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, continued with Sri Nava Graha abhisheka, Sri Saneeswara Graha abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, March 31st Afternoon at 2.00 pm, Sri Pournami vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha. All are welcome to participate with family.

Saturday, March 31st Evening at 4.00 pm, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, April 3rd: Evening at 5.00 pm, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday April 13th: Evening at 4.00 pm, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha Sahsra Nama chanting.

Friday April 13th Evening at 5.00 pm, Prdosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, April 14th: Vilambi Nama Samvathsaram / Baisakhi Tamil New Year souramana noothana nama samvathsaram, Vishnu Punya Kalam. Temple opens in the morning at 8.00 am, Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam, continued with sri Nava Graha homa, Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama chanting, panchanga patana pooja, sravana pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Please Make A Note: Temple Address: 32 Rancho Drive, San Jose CA 95111

Temple Timings: Week Days Morning 10:00am to 12 Noon, Evenings at 6pm to 8pm.

Weekends And Holidays: 10am to 8pm

For Bhajan’s Religious Discourses, Music and Dance Performances, Private Poojas please contact Temple for further details Mangalani Bhavanthu, Subham Bhuyath, Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu, Love all serve all.

For Pujas and Rituals Contact: Pandit Ganesh Shasthry

880 East Fremont Ave #302, Cupertino Villas, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Home: (408) 245-5443 / Cell: (925) 209-7637

E-mail: srikalahatheeswara@yahoo.com