This week is the fourth anniversary of the dedication (patotsava) of my local mandir, the Shree Lakshmi Narayan Temple. It doesn’t seem anything like four years since the opening of our mandir!
I attended the evening celebrations and the feeling of having hundreds of people present to worship God and the devas was incredible.
I speak virtually no Hindi, I can respond to greetings and that’s about all. Someone asked me whether it was boring to attend when most of the speech is in Hindi. Having attended the celebration, I can say that even though I cannot understand much. I understand the names of God and the devas; (Ishvara, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Bhagwan), and hearing the holy swamis say the sacred names in the atmosphere of dedication speaks to my heart.
I’m very fortunate…in my home temple English is the spoken language. Our speakers are different month-to-month, but in the 6 or 7 years I’ve been attending, only once has a speaker used other than English.
Like yourself, I speak very little Hindi. I think I might understand more of it than I can speak. In the one instance when Hindu was spoken, I closed my eyes and altered between meditative/jaapa stuff and listening for words I knew.
Congrats on your temple’s anniversary! Vasudaivum kutumbhakum!
Hallow friend i can teach you Hindi. I live in Mumbai India. I speak fluent Hindi & English.Whatever doubts you have ,or want to understand something ,do get in touch. gautam…www.faithnfashions.com
I will bear that in mind. I really wound like to make a concerted effort to learn some Hindi.I tried for a bit then lapsed – maybe I will give it another go.
I also need to work on my Hindi. I’ve managed to pick up some basics from watching a lot of Bollywood, lol. (Yeah, Aamir Khan is my other boyfriend, lol)
Happy Anniversary! Ours is coming next month, it sounds like it could be a big deal with many many people attending so perhaps i will stay away. I am not as brave. 😛
Thanks! You have a happy anniversary too
Very nice! We just had our 40th (!!) anniversary here at the Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn. 🙂
Congratulations, that is a well established Western temple!