Texas: It was a joyous occasion in Houston. Synott Road in Sugarland, Houston was bustling with divine fervor and activity.
Why not? The event was such.
On November 23rd 2015, His Holiness Sri SriSugunendraTheerthaSwamiji dedicated the magnificent Shri Krishna Vrundavana to the devotees of Houston and the community at large.
A culmination of festive events of UthanaDvadashi, the day when Lord Narayana is awakened after four months of deep sleep; TulasiKalyana, the Celestial wedding of Tulasi with Goddess Narayana, led to the inauguration of the temple.
His Holiness Sri Sri SugunendraTheerthaSwamiji performing Maha Puja at the New Shri Krishna Vrundavana, Houston, Texas
The moment was auspicious. Tulasi,an incarnation of Goddess MahaLakshmi, blessed the opening of the temple. His Holiness declared, “The new temple in Houston befits nothing else but being called the ‘TulasiKshetra’”
Thousands participated in the inauguration of the temple. The day was marked with performing the Dhaatri Havana – offering of prayers to the Medicinal Nellikayi (Amala) tree and to KarteekaDamodara and Tulasi Puja.
In accordance with the Vedic scriptures, the dedication of the temple was accompanied by melodious music and recitals rendered by Shri RaichurSeshagiri Das – a gifted vocalist from India.
Synott Road in Sugarland, Houston is becoming a spiritual center. Temples founded on the principles of the three philosophies – Shri Shankara’sAdvaita, Bhagavad Ramanuja’sVisisthaAdvaitha, and Acharya Madhwas’ Dvaitha adore the street. The grandeur of Ashta Lakshmi temple graces the venue.
The place is also a home for the western religions. With religions and traditions coming together, the new location of Shri KrishnaVrundvana, Houston represents diversity at is best. All faiths, denominations and philosophies converge at one place.
Thousands participating in the event made the festivities shine. In adherence to the tradition, all devotees were treated with the Lord’s sumptuous MahaPrasada.Chief Guest Shri AravindaM Eligiri and President of the Chinmaya Mission graced the occasion.
Swamiji said the Bhagavad Gita represents the greatness of Lord Shri Krishna; this temple represents the Divinity of Goddess Maha Lakshmi and Lord Narayana in the form of Lord Shri Krishna.