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Pran Pratishtha Utsav At Shri Radha Krishna Mandir

Geetha Patil

The Murthy Sthapana/ Pran Pratishtha Utsav/Ceremony was celebrated with great pomp and show at Shri Radha Krishna Mandir located in Northborough, MA from Thursday, Jun 13 to Sunday, Jun16, 2019 by the devotees. On the weekdays, the Murthy Sthapana was performed only in the evening session from 6:00pm to 9:00pm whereas on weekends it was carried on in two sessions viz. the morning from 10:00am to 1:00pm and evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Hundreds of devotees attended this lifetime event with great enthusiasm and graced the event with their presence in their traditional attires and received Maha Darshan and blessings of Gods and Goddesses for their prosperous and healthy future.

The consecration of the Murtis involved the recitation of Hymns, Mantras and the rituals included an elaborative process for the Murti Sthapana or placement of the idol after Abhishekam. This Pran Pratishtha ritual infuses life into the deities and the temple and bring to them the numinous presence of divinity and spirituality. Deities involved in the Murthy Sthapana ceremony were Shri Ganesh, Ma Durga, Pavanputra Hanuman Ji, Ma Radha and Lord Krishna, Shree Ram Parivar, Lord Shiv Ji and Nandi. Temple priest, Pt. Jagadish Ji with the support of Shri Maha Vishnu Ji and the temple’s very dedicated team of devotees conducted Pran Pratistha Puja Vidhi for all the deities as per Hindu Shastra along with chanting of Vedic Mantras in Sanskrit over the period of four days and explained step by step procedure to the Yajman and devotees at large. The temple venue and the shrine were decorated very elegantly by the volunteers with flower garlands and colorful lights. Shri Pankaj Adaval with his devoted team set up the sound system for the priest and the local and special guest singers of the event.

Moorty sponsors included Shri Kamalesh Dawan Family, Smt Swarna Nalamati Family, Shri Rajesh Shukla Family, Subdoh Gupta Family, Raj Tulsani Famly and Neha & Amish Patel Family. Pran Pratishtha sponsors were Shri Ravi Ika Family, Smt Vasu Family, Achuta Family, and Smt Mona Patel Family. Maha Prasadam was sponsors by Vishal & Richa, Punjabi Dhana, Masala Café, Mayuri Acton, and Ambati Family.

Community support was generously provided by Shri Amrit Sabha, Northborough, Patel Brothers and India Market of Shrewsbury for this event. Omni Granite and Marble, Granite and Marble Depot and Dr. Sareen Family provided their support for the creative activities of the event. The temple’s dedicated volunteer team included Shri Pankaj Sharda, Shri Rajesh Chauhan, Shri Ashok Gattumallu (DJ), Shri Ramesh Subramaniam, Shri Arvind, Smt Vasu, Smt Swarna, Parimal & Vipula, Shri Pushkar & Smt Monalisa, Shri Raj & Sunita Bulsu, Jatin and Vijay.

Smt Sunita Adaval worked very hard 24 by 7 for four days and she was the super brain behind the planning and execution of this grand event since a year. She made all the arrangements for importing all the Murtis from Udaipur to Northborough.  She also led the food serving team who served the Maha Prasadam after every session to all the devotees with a big smile and love.

Shri Pankaj Adaval, the president of the temple thanked profusely all the sponsors individually for their generous support for this event and making their community’s dream come true. He thanked especially Pt Jagadish Ji and his support group for their tireless work and organizing the event very methodically and carrying it out very professionally. He thanked liberally Shri Pankaj Sharda for sponsoring the Pran Pratishtha event and donating silver snake for the Shivalingam. He also thanked Smt Hema Iyengar Nrityanjali Dance School for providing their community support. He appreciated the enthusiastic participation and support provided by all devotees of the temple. Last but not least, he thanked all the volunteers from his bottom of heart for making this event a grand success with all their dedicated time and services.

I loved the installation of Murtis with full devotion amidst Holy Mantras, Poojas and Pran Pratishtha Ceremony was performed by Pt.  Jagadish Ji on these auspicious days with lots of patience and devotion – said one of the devotees.

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