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Ratha Saptami – January 31st, Friday

 

Ratha Saptami or Rathasapthami (Sanskrit: रथसप्तमी or Magha Saptami) is a Hindu festival that falls on the seventh day (Saptami) in the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month Maagha. It is symbolically represented in the form of the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses (representing seven colors) towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction. It also marks the birth of Surya and hence celebrated as Surya Jayanti (the Sun-god's birthday).

Ratha Saptami is symbolic of the change of season to spring and the start of the harvest season. For most Indian farmers, it is an auspicious beginning of the New Year. The festival is observed by all Hindus in their houses and in innumerable temples dedicated to Surya, across India.

Lord Vishnu in his form as Surya (the Sun-God) is usually worshipped on this day. Usually, Rathasapthami begins in households with a purification bath (bathing is also done in a river or sea). Argyam (water held in the palms) is offered to the Sun God on this day while chanting hymns, Adityahridayam, are performed to the Sun God. In our temple we worship Lord Vishnu in the form of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, on this special occasion. We do a procession on the Chariot with Seven Horses to symbolize this event.

Program:


5.30 PM Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Homam
6.45 PM Srdevi Bhoodevi Sametha Prahlada Varada Swamy and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Abhishekam
7.45 PM Adityahridayam Paath, Ratha Sapthami special Ratha Yatra (Procession) for Sridevi Bhoodevi Sametha Sri Prahlada Varada Narasimha Swamy
8.00 PM Archana for Lord Suryanarayana and Lord Lakshmi Narashima swamy
8.15 PM: Maha Mangala Aarathi followed by Thirtha Prasadam

Sponsorship Details:
1. Ratha Saptami Sponsor $101
2. Homam/ Havan $41
3. Abhishekam $41
4. Annadanam $51
5. Archana $11

February 3rd to March 3rd – The Knowledge from the Rishis

 

Every day seminar for four weeks, with a Speaker, Projector and live interactive sessions on the following topics

a. Flight of steps to Self Knowledge (Sadhana Panchakam) – By Shree Ajay Khilnani
b. Meditation at the Dawn (Praatasmaranam) – By Sripada Raju
c. Description of the Self (Atma) – By Swami Muktatmananda
d. Bhaja Govindam (Book of Conversion)- Shree Prem Khilnani

Please join us for the Free Yoga Classes being organized by Hindu swayamsevak sangh on behalf of West Michigan Hindu Temple will be starting Free Yoga classes from 25th of January. It will take place at temple Community Center premise every Saturday from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.

For further information, please contact.

Chandru Acharya - 248-722.0020; acharyacp@yahoo.com

Anand Pappuri - 734 -395-6952; apappuri@yahoo.com
Ashish Gupta - 201-744.0694/ guptdrashish@gmail.com.
Sarveshji - (616) 406-6602

If any devotees are interested in volunteering at the temple please contact our priests or on our website with contact number and email, for us to contact you back.

Upcoming Events:


1. February 5th Wednesday - Bheeshma Ekadasi – 6 PM Vishnu Sahasra Namam Paryanam
2. February 7th Friday Thai Poosam – Details to follow soon
3. February 21st Friday Maha Shiv Rathri

Please note that Temple is closed on the following Wednesday's January 22nd and January 29th as we have one priest on vacation.

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Mailing Address:

4870 Whitneyville Ave. SE

ADA, MI 49301

 

Physical Address:

4870 Whitneyville Ave. SE

ADA, MI 49301

 

Telephone Number:
(616) 868-9909
 
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