Ground Breaking Ceremony of Radha Krishna Temple and Community Center
What was once a dream, then an idea, and eventually a plan moved a step closer to reality as hundreds of devotees (close to 400) gathered for a traditional Bhoomi Poojan ceremony. Loud chanting and energetic clapping echoed throughout fifteen plus acres off SR 120, Abbotts Bridge Rd. at 2769 Duluth Highway on Sunday, June 23, 2013 as families gathered with joy for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Radha Krishna Temple.
With golden rays of the morning sun streaming down on a lushly wooded landscape and amidst a serene setting, the Bhoomi Pujan was performed by Pundit Rangachariji in accordance with Indian shastras.
Didiji opened up the presentation of the planned phases, and Dr. Ish Khanna provided details. Meanwhile, youth volunteers kept the little ones busy on trampolines, swings, and bounce houses.
Some of the regular activities planned for the Radha Madhav Center are children’s gurukul classes, yoga, sports (cricket, badminton, etc.), arts, dance, Indian vocal and instrumental music, spiritual discourses, and festival celebrations. Week long programs such as family retreats and youth camps will continue as they have in the past years.
The temple will be a vibrant center of Hindu activity, easily accessed from Duluth, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Suwanee. It will be a blessing and an asset for devotees to have a temple pretty much right in their backyard!
The Radha Madhav Center is scheduled to be completed in 3 phases. The first phase will include a prayer hall with a temporary altar where weekly satsangs will be held, guided by Didiji. Additionally, children’s classrooms, a library and resource center, a kitchen and dining hall, and nature trails with a garden are planned for phase one.
The second and third phases will include construction of the temple, an open air theatre, parking, a house for the priest, dormitories, and a prepared ground for sports such as cricket, badminton, and basketball. Besides being a venue for worship, it will also be a center for cultural activities, social events, and celebration of festivals. Religious and cultural classes will be organized for children to spiritually nurture their minds by teaching them the values of Sanatan Dharma. Numerous activities are envisioned for adults and seniors as well.
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