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Grand opening of Lord Ganesha temple in California’s Santa Clarita


Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple Santa Clarita, where the main deity is Lord Ganesha, had its grand opening on the evening of February 9 in Valencia neighbourhood of Santa Clarita (California), USA.

The mission of Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, a non-profit organisation, is “to serve Santa Clarita community by offering a place to worship, practice spirituality, celebrate festivals and cultural activities”.

It plans to have a Ganesha Puja (worship) and other services every Saturday, besides various activities/programs for everyone round the year, including programs for children and charity food donations.

Temple opening puja was performed by priest Cherukupalli Narasimhacharya and Tyger White of Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council who participated in the celebrations. Temple leaders and volunteers reportedly included Mano Dhana, Suman Dutta, Prakash, Deepthi Rajaraman, Gautam Deepthi, Kavitha Muru, Aparna Kiran, Vijay Sharma and Ritu Khadiya.

Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, commended efforts of temple leaders and area community towards realising this Hindu temple.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this temple would help in this direction.

Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realisation of the Self and work towards achieving moksha (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.

In Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the god of wisdom and remover of obstacles and is invoked before the beginning of any major undertaking. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world has about one billion adherents. There are about three million Hindus in the USA.

Incorporated in 1987, City of Santa Clarita is claimed to be “one of the best places to live in California”. Notable people associated with it include Oscar winner filmmaker Tim Burton, Olympian gold medalists track-field sprinter Allyson Felix and swimmer Anthony Ervin, etc. Cameron Smyth and Dr Kenneth W. Striplin are Mayor and City Manager respectively.

Courtesy: NewsBharati