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Shri Harikrishna Maharaj at the Bhoomi Poojan

Swamishri performs the poojan on some land from the Akshardham site

Swamishri scatters sanctified grains of rice on devotees


Sunday, June 6, 2004

    Continuing the legacy of “Akshardham” monuments of Gandhinagar and New Delhi, Pramukh Swami Maharaj had done a divine sankalp seven years ago in 1997 to build an “Akshardham” monument and cultural complex in New Jersey. Just recently, land was purchased for this very purpose, and the traditional Hindu rite of “Bhoomi Poojan” took place on Sunday, June 6, 2004.

    Devotees gathered early in the morning on this auspicious occasion at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center. Although devotees were unable to go physically to the future site to perform the poojan, a bit of land from the site was given to everyone to perform all the rites. In addition to the poojan of the land, a traditional mahapooja was conducted by saints as well. Senior saints spoke about the importance of such a complex, and Swamishri mentioned in his blessings that such a complex would be open to all, and lead to preserve our cultural values.

    Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia, on behalf of the mayor, presented Swamishri with a proclamation declaring June 6, 2004, as “Akshardham Bhoomi Poojan Day.”




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