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Shiv Mandir of Atlanta celebrates Bhoomi Poojan

July 2010
Shiv Mandir of Atlanta celebrates Bhoomi Poojan On the auspicious day of Akashya Tritiya (Sunday, May 16th, 2010), Shiv Mandir of Atlanta celebrated a grand Bhoomi Poojan for building a new Shiv Mandir for devotees of Sanatan Hindu Dharm, at 890 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Sugar Hill, GA The ceremony saw a large participation of the Greater Atlanta Hindu community.

The event started at 4 a.m., at the present mandir location in Global Mall, with a group of 20 devotee walkers who took the “Main Kalash” on a 17-mile journey through Norcross, Buford, and Suwanee to its final destination at the new mandir site. On the way more devotees joined this pilgrimage and over 300 participated for the final 1.5 miles of Rath Yatra (Shobha Yatra). The atmosphere was filled with “OM NAMAY SHIVAYA” chanting to a Dhol beat.

Swami Dr Ram Kamal Das ji Vedanti received the Kalash at the land and performed Dhwaja Rohan to mark the start of the bhoomi poojan. Swami ji outlined the importance of temples in our culture and religion.

A team of seven priests recited the mantra in unison. Lunch, snacks, and dinner were served. More than 1500 people participated in the event, with around 300 participating in all poojas over a period of 6 hours. Attending were City of Sugar Hill Mayor, Mr. Gary Pirkle; Council member, Mr. Mike Sullivan; and Land Planning Director, Mr. Kaipo Awana. Mr. Pirkle congratulated Shiv Mandir management and welcomed Shiv Mandir to the city of Sugar Hill. Board Chairman Mr. Ajeet Das urged the community to attend the next goal of a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Shiv Mandir in the next 12 months.

The new Mandir will be on 11.4 acres of land that was acquired in 2005. It will have Lord Shiv (Shiv Parivar) as the main deity, along with Ram Parivar, Radha ji & Krishna ji, Bala ji and Durga Mata ji independently located on the same floor with pooja/parikarma areas for individual worship. There will be a main entrance, a Dhwaj Stambh, a community kitchen, office, class rooms, and auditorium. The main pooja floor will have 300-500 sitting capacity to accommodate a large gathering or multiple smaller gatherings. The Mandir will also have a library and an outdoor Yagna Shala pavilion. Estimated Phase I construction cost is approximately three and a half million dollars.
Please visit www.shivmandiratlanta.org for further information.

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