OM SREE GANESHAYA NAMAHA"
We ever bow and adore Ganesh, from whom Fire, Sun, Rudra, Earth and Water came from whom were created oceans, moon and air and from the living and the inert things and all kinds of trees came into existence.
ADI SHANKARA - SHANMATHA STAPAKA: Sankara Bhagavatpada taught us the great truth that all the deities we worship are but manifestations of one supreme Self - Paramatman. He established the worship of six forms of worship of the Supreme - Siva, Vishnu, Surya, Sakthi, Subramanya and Ganapathi, all sanctified in the Vedas and each having a specific Gayatri Mantra. The survival of the Sanatana Dharma is mainly due to the spread of the Advaitic principle, which saw no distinction between the various denominations and sects and underlined the essential duty of all sampradayas and followers.
TEMPLES - THEIR ROLE IN OUR RELIGION: Adi Sankara and other Acharya's intellectual expositions through their versatile bhashyas and the soul stirring songs of Nayanmars and Alwars had a remarkable effect in weaning people towards Hinduism. But that was not enough. The Bhakti movement needed a form to rely upon. In those days many were illiterate. The great rulers of the South - Chera, Chola, Pandya and Pallava - understood this vital need and started constructing Temples. The temples they built are standing examples of worship, art, sculpture and architecture.
Every devotee can see the divinity in our idols consecrated in the Temples and various upasanas like abhisheka, alankara, naivedyam and aarti are performed. Consequently one can focus the power of the Lord in the consecrated idols, in the temples. The temples also played a crucial role in the society's day to day life and the builders made the temples the focal point of economic, cultural, educational and spiritual activities of the village. The kings made the temples inseparable from the normal way of life. The popular saying in Tamil viz.,'Do not live in a place where there is no temple' and 'The glimpse of the Gopuram destroys sins' show the importance of the temples in the lives of people.
NECESSITY FOR TEMPLES IN DELHI: Temples are but agencies to nurture and develop the bhakti cult. They are necessary for reflecting our rites and ritual. In olden days our ancestors used to build temples first, in a place and then the township or village grew around the temple. Nowadays we build the township first and then the building of the temple is consecrated. The South Indian community felt as far as back in 1950 the necessity for a SOUTH INDIAN TEMPLE in the capital city of Delhi.
FORMATION OF SREE VINAYAKA MANDIR COMITTEE: The Mandir Committee was registered in 1953, with the primary object of building a temple of Vinayaka. In the Hindu pantheon of Gods, Ganesha occupies the most important place. He is invoked at the beginning of all our religious functions. He presents Pranava (Omkara). He is the remover of all obstacles. He protects all his devotees from all obstacles and hindrances. He is considered generally as a Brahmachari. In the Tantra tradition. He is represented in the company of his symbolic consorts Siddhi and Buddhi. He bestows buddhi in our hearts and siddhi from cultural activities.
On a piece of land allotted by the NDMC, the consecration of Sri Siddhi Buddhi Vinayakar was performed in August 1961, in the traditional South Indian Style.
PROGRESS AND EXPANSION OF THE TEMPLE: By the grace of Lord Vinayaka, blessings of Acharyas and the devotions of the bhaktas, the temple has undertaken development activities over the years - consecration of the idols of Anjaneya and Navagrahas was performed in 1963; Kumbabhishekam of Rajagopuram was done in 1971; Renovation of the main Vimanam was done in 1973. In 1983, to meet the wishes of the local devotees, idol of Lord Shiva was consecrated by bringing a Swayambhu Linga from Narmada as Omkareshwar. Tridala Vimanam over the garbagraham was done in 1985. In 1993, the Basement Office, Prayer Hall and a Meditation hall known as 'Gayatri Mandap' were added. Recently Annexe Hall was added to 'Gayatri Mandap' for use as Research and Reference Vedic Library. The Library was inaugurated by His Holiness Sankaracharya of Kanchi Peetam in November 1997.
PUNARUDDHARNA KUMBABHISHEKAMS: It has been enjoined in the Agama Shastras, that atleast once in every twelve years, Punaruddharna Kumbabhishekam should be performed in every temple to the idols installed. Accordingly, in 1973 Kumbabhishekam was performed under the distinguished presence of H.H.Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal. The second Jeernodharna Kumbabibhishekam was performed in 1997 under the distinguished presence of H.H. Sri Shankaracharya of Shakatapuram.
IMPORTANT FESTIVALS: The most important festival is the Vinayaka Chaturthi held in August / September for a period of 10 days. The other festivals are Thai Poosam, Maha Sivarathri, Sri Rama Navami, Tamil New Year, Sri Vinayaka Chaturthi, Hanumat Jayanthi, Shanka Abishekam, Vasant and Sharat Navaratris, Annabhihsekam, Sani Peyarchi and Maha Rudra Yagyam besides Mahanyasa Ekadasa Rudrabishekam every second Sunday.
ATHI RUDRAM: Recitation of Sri Rudram combined with Abishekam to Lord is known as Rudra Abishekam. When performed by 11 devotees it is called Laghurudra. When Laghurudram is performed by 11 times, it is called Maharudra. Eleven Maharudras will constitute Athi Rudram. The first Athi Rudram was performed in 1993 and the second in 1998.
MANAGEMENT OF THE TEMPLE: The temple is managed by the Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee. The former is responsible for the management of properties and also acts as an Advisory body to the Executive Committee. As stated earlier in this report, the temple also acts as gurukulam wherein Vedic classes, Upanishad parayanams, Surya namaskarams, Thevaram recitals, Parayana of sacred hymns are regularly conducted which has benefitted scores of devotees.The expanded prayer hall is used as venue for religious discourses and music concerts.
CONCLUSION: The Vinayaka Mandir Committee has plans for further development of the temple to meet the spiritual needs of the ever growing devotees visiting the temple. The committee hopes that with the blessings and guidance of the Acharyas and the generous support of the devotees, it will be able to serve the temple better and cater to the needs of the devotees.
PRAYER: We conclude with the prayer from Ganapathi Upnishad: Obeisance to you Ganapathi, thou alone art the truth in visible form; thou art the sole Creator (of everything); thou art the sole supporter (of everything); thou art the sole destroyer (of everything); thou alone art all this, the Brahman.
Guard me at the back, guard me at the front, guard me at the north(left), guard me at the south(right), guard me above; guard me below; guard me on all sides; guard me all around.
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Sree Vinayaka Mandir Committee (Regd)
Sree Vinayaka Mandir Marg,
AB-Block Sarojini Nagar,
New Delhi 110023
|Days||Summer Time||Ganapathi Homam||Abhishekam|
|Morning||6.00AM to 10.30AM||6.30 AM||8.00 AM|
|Saturdays||6.00AM to 11.00AM|
|Evening||5.00PM to 09.00PM||5.30 PM|
|Saturdays||5:00PM to 9:30PM|
|Days||Winter Time||Ganapathi Homam||Abhishekam|
|Morning||7.00AM to 11.00AM||7.15 AM||7.15 AM|
|Evening||4.30PM to 08.30PM||5.00 PM|
|Saturdays||4.30PM to 09.00PM|
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