Lokvani Talks To Veeramani Ranganathan
Born in Palayamkottai and brought up in Chennai in Tamilnadu Veeramani Ranganathan spent several years of his adult life in Bangalore and Chennai. He moved to the US in 90's. as
an ERP consultant and lives in Merrimack.NH ,for the past 10+ years, with his wife Meenakshi and daughter Swarna. Veeramani Raganathan is the prime mover who is responsible for the establishment of the new Hindu temple in Nashua New Hampshire.
"There was no temple in New Hampshire even though there is a large Hindu community. Smt Karthi Chandra, Smt Usha, Shri Subramony , Shri Dharmarajan and I decided to embark on this adventure to try and establish a temple in Jan 2008" says Veeramani." "Subsequently, With the blessings of Paramacharya and the arrival
of Lord Sadhashiva in May 2008(on Sankara Jayanthi day), our endeavor
gathered momentum. In the last two years, we have seen significant
growth, recognition and participation by the community."
What is the vision for the temple? "We would like to offer services and opportunities
to satisfy the religious, spiritual and cultural needs of the Hindu
community in New Hampshire/Greater Nashua/New England area. It is a Shiva Vishnu Temple. Lord Sadhashiva (Meenakshi/Sundareshwarar) is the central Deity.
Narmada Lingam arrived on Sankara Jayanthi day in 2008; Followed by Goddess Meenakshi in November 2008;
In June 2009, Sridevi|Boodevi Sametha Srinivasa perumal, Vali|Devasena Sametha Subramanyar, Anjaneyar & Ayyppan Panchaloka vigrahas arrival to temple celebrated in a grand manner, thanks to our sponsors and their active involvement in the Temple activities", says Veeramani.
Temple is currently located in
a rented premises at 7J Taggart Drive, Nashua, NH. "We are actively
looking for purchase of suitable land\Land & Building for the
We are confidant of finalizing this in the near future, with
community support and participation to this Divine cause" says Veeramani.
Sri Laxman Sastry (Dwivedi: Rig
& Yajur) serves as the temple priest. Several poojas are regularly performed. For Chandi Homam during Navarathri over 200 people were present. The priest also offers special services at the residence of people.
How can the community help?Community participation and support
is very essential for the continued growth and sustenance of the
All of us can help by volunteering
for day to day temple operation, event
coordination/support for various events sponsoring
regular poojas, donating
for Temple construction and involving
relatives in this noble cause" says Veeramani
The temple plans to have Sankara Jayanthi is on
5/18/2010. Sankara Paduka Pooja, Upanishad Parayanam by Ritwiks
and Vedic Pundits will be performed.They have also planned for “Carnatic
Music & Bharathanatyam Recitals” by Smt. Aparna Balaji
& Kumari Neha Parikh and their students. This Fund Raiser event
is on 6/5/2010. This will be held at Nashua High school North,
Nashua, NH."The committed and tireless support of volunteers makes the temple function smoothly. We welcome the participation of Lokvani readers".To learn more about the temple , please visit http://hindutemplenh.org/
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