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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

 

Grameen Pragati

I’m Anav Mehta, an 8th grader at Hyde Middle School in Cupertino, California. My family runs a charity called Grameen Pragati for which we raise funds by running marathons to fund projects. Grameen Pragati was founded in 2011 in San Jose, California by my parents Reena and Huzefa Mehta. The goal of this organization is to support people in need. Our way is through providing lights, lanterns and water filtration systems which are run on solar energy.

Installing Water Filteration System

In the middle of the rainy, hot summer of 2017, my brother and I went to India to help out at a village called Chinchani in the state of Maharashtra, (where my grandmother grew up in) along with my aunt. During the seven day visit, we made multiple trips to the village from the city of Dhanu, Maharashtra. We took a group taxi and train as transportation. Visiting the school village was interesting as we saw kids playing games and running around. I felt glad when I saw the children having fun even though they remained in need of so much.  I found out that, thanks to an energy shortfall, power cuts in schools and villages are common during the summer months. This shortage hits school children the hardest as it disrupts their study schedule. So this year Grameen Pragati undertook projects of installing hybrid Solar Tube Lights and a Solar filtration filter at Ranchet Ashramshala, a boarding school of about 750 boys and girls located near our village The projects comprised of 7W DC LED in each of the 8 rooms for the girls and boys; 14 feet tube light in the common area; 18 W tube light in the kitchen with 12 hour backup and a Solar Water Drinking Plant. 

Installed Lights in Girls sleeping area

We also went to an Adivasi village school situated at Sagdevpada, Dhabhon, in Thane, Maharashtra. We chose this school due to our deep family roots in the region. The school was in a much poorer and smaller village without any electricity. With the help of the school Chairman, Shri Rajnikant Shroff, and the teachers the needs of the students were identified. After a bumpy ride on a non-paved road, we arrived to a small welcome ceremony and then gave Solar Lanterns to students who had come with their parents. The Solar lanterns were for students to utilize for studies during the night and to stay safe. The kids in this village have barely any time to study before it gets dark as they also have to do housework. I saw kids washing their own clothes by hand unlike, here in Cupertino, where we have electric machines washing our clothes. I also saw some  kids cooking their food on fire, unlike here where we use gas and electricity to cook.

Also, not being able to see at night can be hazardous. Villagers sometimes get lost or injured by snake bites as they venture out at night without any light. I thought that even though I can’t give them what I have, I can help them improve their lives a little bit through the solar lanterns..

Last day of the project

After we returned to the United States, my aunt received this feedback from the Ranshet school: “Since last Saturday there is absolutely no light at the Ashram Shala and the Grameen Pragati Solar Lights have helped the kids and students feel secure, especially girls and helped them to have dinner instead of being in complete darkness or just with candles!”

Most of the money collected for these projects was by running half marathons, full marathons, and ultramarathons. For this project, my family ran the Sacramento full marathon and five half marathons! The trip made me feel grateful for what I have in my life because I know there are people out in the world that don’t have enough.

 

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

 

 

 

Protesters Demand a Ban on Forced Conversion

SPONSORED CONTENT By James Flores

On January 28, 120,000 citizens in Seoul and major cities of South Korea, gathered to protest against forced conversion “education” by Christian pastors and to create an establishment of legal framework for punishment of violent behavior in the name of religion.

The Human Rights Association for Forced Conversion (HRAFC) group, a South Korean civil society organization promoting social recognition of human rights violation by religion, held this rally for the punishment of Christian pastors who have “consultation” with money and encourage families to kidnap their members who have different religious orientations. Recently, a 25-year-old woman, Ms. Ji In Gu was kidnapped and confined in a vacation home and found dead after she was suffocated by her parents.

HRAFC claims that the death is a typical case of forced conversion for the following reasons. First, Ms. Gu was out of contact after she told her friends that she would be with her family at a gathering. Second, the vacation home where she was found dead was reserved for three months. Third, physical violence between Ms. Gu and her parents led to her death while the parents stated that she was suffocated while they were “persuading” their daughter.

Back in July 2016, Ms. Gu fell victim to these horrendous attacks for the first time. At that time, she had been taken in to a Catholic monastery for 44 days and forced to have “conversion education” by a pastor.

These religious organizations claim to be helping and creating religious freedom. They have even threatened to come to other countries to employ their illegal activities. When will there be an end to these activities? For churches and those involved in religious freedom here in the United States, it is imperative to make known the dangers surrounding these practices.

As a Christian church here in San Jose and the Bay Area, we must do our best to protect ourselves from these organization and make known their illegal activities.

 

 

Cinequest Represents the Culture and Community of Silicon Valley with Selection of Indian Films

Taking place in Silicon Valley, the country’s hub of innovation and technology, the Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2018 (CQ2018) returns for its 28th season, February 27th – March 11th, 2018. Representing the vibrant culture of the Valley as well as India’s outstanding cinematic stature and tradition, CQ2018 presents an incredible selection of work from the Indian community.

Renowned for the exceptional quality and diversity of its program, CQ2018 will screen 258 film and virtual reality works from 45 countries, and invite attendees to immerse themselves in a new storytelling medium at its curated VR Cinema and VR Experience Lounge.  52 celebrations and special events round out the offerings amounting to 510 screenings, events, parties and experiences. Over the 13-day program, Silicon Valley becomes the epicenter of tech and entertainment as filmmakers, futurists, writers, technologists, actors and artists from around the world converge to celebrate their work in one of the most diverse metros in the world.

To learn more about the full festival lineup, and to purchase festival passes, tickets to screenings and special events, visit www.cinequest.org.

Highlights of Indian Cinema at CQ2018:

FEATURE FILMS

Love and Shukla (Directed by Siddartha Jatla; Bay Area Premiere)

Shukla, a rickshaw driver, deals with a multitude of passengers on the roads of Mumbai. Some of them take advantage of him, but they can’t rob him of his prized possession – his decency. A new marriage and a pretty bride bring up many unanticipated challenges. Before Shukla can get lucky, he has to grab life by the horns.

From Baghdad to the Bay (Directed by Erin Palmquist; World Premiere)

Ghazwan Alshari had his dream job – translating for the U.S. forces in Iraq.  But when he was accused of being a double agent by the same people he was aiding, with his life and the safety of his family in jeopardy, Ghazwan fled Iraq and settled in San Francisco to begin anew. Struggling and alone, Ghazwan reveals another secret in his life– he is gay.  Ghawan’s turbulent and ultimately joyous journey is nothing less than a testament to the human spirit.

N of 1 (Directed by Bernard Friedman; World Premiere)

An appliance repairman from Canada, an immunologist from Israel, and a transplant surgeon from England meet in a hospital in India. This might sound like the start of an elaborate joke, but it is actually a remarkable collaboration established in an effort to save the life of a young woman dying of liver cancer. As they invent and then carry out an experimental procedure through a journey that spans five countries, this unconventional team recognizes that what they are attempting could have broad implications for currently untreatable cancers.

Purdah (Directed by Jeremy Guy; World Premiere)

Being in a Muslim family in modern day India can sometimes be a struggle for 20-year-old Kaikasha and her two sisters. Their father wants them to wear burkas and to have arranged marriages, but these determined young women have dreams of their own. This beautiful and rousing story follows Kaikasha in her quest to be the first Muslim on the Mumbai women’s cricket team and then follows her into a corridor of uncertainty after a shocking turn of events changes the fate of her family.

The Ashram (Directed by Ben Rekhi; World Premiere)

Shot on location in India, Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) stars in the story of a Jamie, an American skeptic, following the trail of his lost girlfriend to a mystical Himalayan community. His quest to find Sophie leads him to an ashram where an evocative cast of characters, including Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar), awaits. He has reason to suspect everyone but needs to trust each to help him. Will their universal consciousness bind them in nurturing relationships, or will the evil, lurking beneath the calm, destroy them all?

Venus (Directed by Eisha Marjara; US Premiere)

When Ralph skates into Sid’s life claiming to be his biological son, life has already thrown a curve ball at Sid, a woman trapped inside a man’s body. As the woman inside bursts forth brandishing a red stiletto, Sid is wise enough to let her dance. But to navigate the labyrinth of relationships with her traditional Indian parents, a closeted gay boyfriend unsure of himself, and the son who she didn’t even know existed, she will need more than a stiletto. The film takes you up close to the journey of a transgender person and is guaranteed to keep you transfixed.

SHORT FILMS

Paggi (Directed by Nardeep Khurmi; World Premiere)

When a hate crime clouds the 4th of July, Mandeep, a Sikh-American, must grapple with his anxieties and fears as he attempts to celebrate the holiday with his wife and infant son. Feeling lost, alone, and fearful for his wife and child’s safety, Mandeep makes a tragic decision and irreversibly changes his identity.

Fanny Pack (an official selection of the LUNAFEST program)

From director Uttera Singh, also co-director of CQ2018 feature film selection, The Mad Whale, this relatable comedy follows a young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and her fanny pack-clad Indian father who chases her through an airport, hoping that she will follow his.

More than 105,000 attendees will experience the work of internationally renowned and emerging artists and technologists, representing a spectrum of genres, genders, ethnicities, orientations, and viewpoints. Honoring the careers of icons, legends and risk takers in film, Cinequest will present its coveted Maverick Spirit Award to Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona), Andie MacDowell (Sex, Lies & Videotape, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Stronger) and Tom Cullen (Downtown Abbey, Black Mirror). Director, producer, tech entrepreneur Travis Cloyd will be honored with this year’s VR Visionary Award, recognizing his work in immersive entertainment. Additionally, this year’s Media Legacy Award will be presented to Ben Mankiewicz, Primetime Host Turner Classic Movies (TCM) celebrating his incredible life and impact on the industry, as a writer, journalist and co-founder of The Young Turks.

This year’s program includes 75 World and 55 U.S. premiering films, starring award winning actors including past Maverick Spirit Award winners William H. Macy, Rosario Dawson and Peter Fonda, as well as Kal Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, James McAvoy, Hilary Swank and Stanley Tucci.

Visit www.cinequest.org for the full program of Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2018, and to purchase passes and tickets to screenings and events.