Long Awaited Start of Sri GuruvayurappanTemple Sreekovil Construction Celebrated

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By Chittoor Ramachandran 

HOUSTON: The three-day ceremonies and commencement celebration held last weekend marks the beginning of an ambitious program that will add to the history of Hindus living in Greater Houston area. The Temple dedicated to Sri Guruvayurappan (Sri Krishna) that is being built will have unique architectural features so far unfamiliar to Houston.

As a matter of fact, this temple will have the credit for adapting the concept of temple structure that is practiced predominantly in Kerala (Vasthu Shastra) for the first time in the Western world.  The plan is to build a replica of the ancient Guruvayurappan Temple, Kerala.

The world renowned Vasthu Shastra expert Kanipayyur Krishnan Nambuthiripad is the chief architect of this project. Under his direction, many pieces of granite carvings were made and brought to Houston. The artisans who created them are now on a visit to Houston to put this together. Ashok Mungara (architect from Houston) and C.V. Surendran (structural engineer from Lubbock) design, oversee and coordinate all the technical aspects of the building process.

The formal rituals associated with the commencement were done during February 1, 2 and 3.  Thanthri Brahmasri Kariannur Divakaran Nambuthiri formally granted the permission after a pooja to the granite artisans (shilpies)  at the auspicious moment at 9:49am on February 2.

Several hundreds of devotees standing and witnessing the ceremony jointly chanted “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare; Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare”. It was an emotional moment for the people who were present. According to the plan, Padukam is first portion that will be built; this is what will become the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

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The ceremonies began with Ganapathi homam that was performed before sunrise (It is a tradition that is practiced in this temple every morning). Thanthri Brahmasri Divakaran Nambuthiri performed  Maha Mrithyunjaya Homam for the welfare of the community. The tented area was packed with devotees witnessing homam ( havan) with devoted mind chanting the panchakshari mantram (Nama Shivaya).

Upadavathas of this temple were also worshipped in this event.   Bhagavathi ( Durga) was extolled with Bhagavathi seva ( this pooja is conducted only after sunset) was performed  for  gaining the blessings of  Mata Durga Parameswari (Shakthi) for the power  to undertake this tremendous task . Sri Ayyappan was worshipped as a vilakku puja as instructed by the Thanthri. An elaborate ritual ( kalashabhishekam) to sanctify the temple premises was also conducted during the three days.

During the religious discourse, Thanthri Divakaran Nambuthiri emphasized that all devotees should join hands with a firm determination to take this project to a success with a firm faith in Hindu Dharma. He encouraged the volunteers to boldly move forward with trust in Divine blessings which will melt away any hindrance in this journey.

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