of years of hard work, and three days of rituals, Swamishri
completed the inauguration of the first Shikharbad Mandir
in America by performing the Murti Pratishtha ceremony.
In this ceremony, Swamishri transformed a spectacular and
beautiful work of art into a divine house of God by requesting
God to reside eternally within the murtis.
After the Mahapuja
Vidhi was conducted within the Mandir itself, Swamishri
arrived through a majestic swan gate to the accompaniment
of rhythms provided by the Akshar Dhwani Band. Balaks dressed
in traditional attire lined the pathway to the Mandir to
the Mandir, Swamishri performed all the Vedic rituals for
the Pratishtha. He gave blessings immediately after this
ceremony, in which he emphasized that the deities are not
mere statues, but are God incarnate, and countless will
be blessed by their darshan. Finally, Swamishri performed
the first aarti of the murtis before leaving the Mandir.
Also, for the
first time ever, devotees all over the world had darshan
of this Murti Pratishtha ceremony through a live television