DFW Temple President Unveils 2019 Plans
Arun sharma Mar 01, 2019 474 Views 0 Comments
“Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya , Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya, Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya”, meaning “Lead us from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality”. These are the prayers and affirmations we say to the one and only one, who have given us this life to experience and at the same time guide us to the path of spiritual upliftment and enlightenment.
Temples are not just the places to worship and pay our homage to the Almighty, but also are the spiritual hub of the community. One such place is DFW Temple Society, Ekta Mandir. Located in the heart of Irving, TX, DFW temple society, Ekta Mandir is one of the oldest temples in the DFW metroplex area, since early 1990s. All year round, many spiritual, cultural and community based events happen here. Toppick media is fortunate to speak to currently serving president of the DFW temple society, Ekta Mandir, Mrs Kusum.
Arun: Kusum ji, lets talk about your association with the temple.
Kusum: I volunteered as a teacher in the temple almost about 20 years ago. I joined the executive committee eight years ago serving in different roles of treasures, vice president and currently as a president of the temple.
Arun: Please tell us about the activities in the temple.
Kusum: Temple has many events and celebrations all around the year. Starting with the new year celebration, which goes nonstop on the new year eve and new year day. We have many other regular festivals, such as Holi, Diwali, Mahashivaratri, Navdurga puja happen throughout the year. We also have special events, which are published on our temple website regularly such as we are doing the Navagraha Puja for the first time in Feb. We are also doing Pran Prathstha of Shri Hanumaan Ji and Satyanaran ji idols in Feb.
Arun: One of the events that I along with my family and friends look for is Holi Celebration. This is that time of year, where we love to come here with our friends to play with colors.
Kusum: Yes, this is the major festival celebrated in temple with Holika Dahan a day before the actual Holi event. This year Holika Dahan will be on 23 rd March and Anand Bazaar which is the grand celebration with colors, food, festivities will happen on Sunday 24 th March.
Arun: The environment in the temple is highly spiritual and divine all the time.
Kusum: We have 8 priests from different part of India, representing different part of India, and they keep doing Pujas, mantra recitals throughout the day, which keeps a very peaceful atmosphere. I believe in faith and coming to temple always keep my faith up. I urge to everyone to come to temple, participate in our events and also serve as volunteers if you can.
Arun: Please let us know about other activities that happen in the temple.
Kusum: More than 500 students as part of Vidya Vikas School learn ten different languages, traditional dances, Indian classical music, scripture classes etc. We have meditation hall, Yagna Shala and many other facilities.
Ekta Mandir has the blessings of Maha Lakhsmi Devi, which has blessed our community. I always say three things – “Seva, Sadhana and Sankirtan” which you can do when you visit the temple.
For more details about the DFW Hindu temple and activities here; visit the temple website https://www.dfwhindutemple.org/