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Maha Shivratri
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 16:39
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Maha Shivratri Observance

24 Hours service

6 am Monday, 23rd Feb. – 6 am Tuesday, 24th Feb.

Abhishekam every 3 hrs.
Maha Mrityunjaya Homam
Bhajan & Sankirtan
Pravachan
Maha Aarati

Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Lord Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna. It falls on a moonless February night, when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction. Shivratri (Sanskrit 'ratri' = night) is the night when he is said to have performed the Tandava Nritya or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction.

Once there was a hunter by the name Suswar, lived near Varanasi. Returning one day from a hunting expedition, he lost his way. He climbed a bel tree where he spent the night. Nervous, he kept plucking the leaves, dropping them down one by one.

Beneath the tree was a Shiva lingam. That night happened to be Shivratri. The hunter had unknowingly worshipped Shiva on this auspicious day.

So, in his next birth, the hunter was reborn as king Chandrabhanu, who is believed to have evolved all rituals connected with Shiva worship.

Shiva is Ashutosh or easy to please; Abdar or bestower of boons; Papkateswar or reliever of sins; Mukteswar or liberator, Hara the destroyer and a preserver.

Since destruction in Hinduism implies regeneration, Shiva represents the reproductive power which perpetually restores that which has been destroyed or dissolved.

 

 
Gopi Bhesh Sri Krishna (Sri Krishna dressed as a gopi)
Sunday, 14 December 2008 15:41

gopiAccording to braj folklore, Sri Krishna once dressed up as a gopi jeweler and entered into Barsana just to see Sri Radhaji. Here's a glimpse of Sri Krishna, master of the universe dressed up as a gopi. Gopi bhesh !!

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Diwali Sewa Distribution 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008 15:34
By Bhagw an's grace we managed to distribute over 650 grocery hampers on the occasion of Diwali. We wish to extend our gratitude to all those who contributed towards this venture and more so to the New York Hindu Milan Mandir for it's appeal on our behalf. From Mara, East Bank Berbice to Skeldon, Corentyne the most deserving were served with groceries. Again our target were senior citizens, single parents and the poor.This year we ventured for the first time into Black Bush Polder serving all the villages namely Lesbeholden, Mibicuri, Mibicuri West, Johanna and Yakusari settlements. Each community's Hindu Temple served as the meeting place for the distributors and recipients.
 

Please click here to view this years Diwali Sewa.

 
Diwali - Festival of Lights
Sunday, 26 October 2008 21:15
ImageDeepavali or diwali means a row of lamps. They are an invitation to Maha Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. A Diwali lamp is a silent reminder that enlightenment and radiance are the goals of human life. Firecrackers are burst to ward off the evil spirits. An essential part of the festival is the sharing of sweets with relatives, friends, neighbors, and business associates as a gesture of goodwill. It is observed by orthodox Hindus for five days.

 

The first day of Diwali

The first day of Diwali is called Dhanvantari Triodasi or Dhanwantari Triodasi also called Dhan Theras. It is in fact the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh (the dark fortnight) of the month of Kartik. On this day, Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean with Ayurvedic medicine (medicine which promotes healthy long life) for mankind. This day marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations. On this day at sunset, Hindus should bathe and offer a lighted deeya with Prasad (sweets offered at worship time) to Yama Raj (the Lord of Death). This offering should be made near a Tulsi plant or any other sacred tree that one might have in their yard. If there is no sacred tree, a clean place in the front yard will suffice.

The second day of Diwali

The second day of Diwali is called Narak Chaturdasi. It is the fourteenth lunar day (thithi) of the dark fortnight of the month of Kartik and the eve of Diwali. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. On this day, we should massage our bodies with oil to relieve it of tiredness, bathe and rest so that we can celebrate Diwali with vigour and devotion.

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Spectacular Spiritual Experience - Sharad Navratri 2008 - New York Hindu Milan Mandir
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 19:02
Devotees came out by record numbers to the New York Hindu Milan Mandir, located in the heart of the Indo-Guyanese community in Richmond Hill, New York for the observance of Navratri. For the entire ten nights, men, women and children, despite the wind chill, attended and participated actively in what has become the Milan Mandir annual Navratri celebration.
 
The celebration was held outdoors under a huge tent. Hundreds of devotees gathered in the harmony of spiritual growth (satsangh) and sang their hearts out to the Goddess Durga. Offerings of flowers, fruits and sweets were made. Beautiful bhajans and kirtans resounded in the atmosphere that was much saturated with the scent of the offerings of incense to the Goddess. It was truly a spectacular spiritual experience.
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