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Lokvani Talks To Veeramani Ranganathan

Ranjani Saigal

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 temple.  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 Temple.  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 friends and
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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