Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies opened in Centennial (Colorado) on June seven after three-days of ancient Hindu rituals conducted by nine priests gathered from all over the country.
The “Grand Opening Celebrations” included havans, artis, pujas, murti sthapana, cultural program, Veda pranayam, aradhana, archana, Maha Kumbhabhishekam, etc.
The new Temple, whose construction began in March 2014, besides a place of worship, will also undertake various religious, cultural and spiritual activities/celebrations. Its architecture is based on ancient Vastu and Aagam Shastra principles and it includes murtis of Aayapaa Swami, Durga Maa, Ganesh Ji, Gorishankar, Laxmi Narayan, Radha-Krishna, Ramdarbar, Saraswati Mata, Shiva Lingam and Nandi, Shiva Parivar and Tirupati Bala Ji, reports suggest.
Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, applauded efforts of temple leaders and area community for realizing this Hindu temple complex.
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 new Temple would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
Reva Nayar, C.P. Mishra, Modhumita Mukherjee and Satish Kumar are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Temple while Kailash Chandra Upadhyay and Raghavendra Iyyer are the priests.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents. There are about three million Hindus in USA.