Hindu Temple of Atlanta hosts a “Navodaya 2023” celebration for devotees by Ravi R. Ponangi
The Hindu Temple of Atlanta celebrated Vaikunta Ekadasi on January 2 and Navodaya 2023
The Hindu Temple of Atlanta celebrated Vaikunta Ekadasi on January 2 and “Navodaya 2023,” the temple’s trademark event, on January 1 with a lot of fervor, fanfare, and dedication. In order to gain the blessings of the divine for a successful and healthy 2023, thousands of devotees from Georgia and neighboring states flocked to both Shiva and Balaji temples.
The 20th Navodaya and Vaikunta Ekadasi celebrations drew about 15,000 devotees and guests who participated in daylong festivities on both days. The temple’s deities were all garlanded with new flowers, and daily rites known as Archanas were performed. In addition to the many merchants and stores that were put up, there were many other events. As the day went on, more and more worshippers entered the two temples. After praying, they went around greeting one another with “Happy New Year” wishes, stopping by and shopping at the HTA Gift Shop as well as at numerous booths inside the auditorium. A clown entertained and engaged the kids.
Popcorn, face, nail, and palm painting, as well as balloon twisting, were included in the entertaining activities for kids. Food and Indian festivals go together! Everyone enjoyed the diverse menu of South Indian vegetarian delicacies, including spicy idli sambhar, masala dosas, tamarind or curd rice, upma, boondi laddoos, Mysore Pak, samosas, Mysore Bonda, and savories that were lovingly prepared in the Temple’s kitchen by the kitchen staff and a large number of volunteers and served in the roomy banque The feast hall remained crowded with worshippers savoring delectable cuisine.
The temple’s founding trustee and former president, Dr. Manga Raju Vanapally, inaugurated the new executive committee for the years 2023 and 2024. Aravind Goli, a seasoned volunteer, has been named the temple’s new president. On January 1, additional office holders and committee chairs took on his duties as well.
The Temple’s former president, Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, issued the 2023 Calendar/Panchangam, which was specially timed for Atlanta’s sunrise and sunset. Thousands of people rely on the accuracy of the HTA Calendar because it is well-known and reputable. The HTA profiles are depicted on the calendar. By detailing the most significant religious holidays and festivals on the Hindu calendar, the HTA fills a significant need in our community.