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MURUGAN TEMPLE OF NORTH AMERICA

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NAVARATHRI
CELEBRATION AT MTNA
Navarathri was celebrated for nine days starting
Septermber 20 through Sept. 28. Special
alankarams were done for Sri Meenakshi Devi.
Below is a picture of
Swagambari Devi Alankaram (Sept. 23)

VINAYAKA CHATHURTHI CELEBRATION


AUGUST 25, 2017

This years celebration was marked by a spe-


cial event: A gold Netri peedum, donated by a
devotee, was installed ; the event was attened by
about 200 devotees. Devotees carried Ganesha
Uthsavamoorthy around the inner perimeter of Below: Traditional Kolu arranged in the prayer
the temple to conclude the celebration. hall was colorful, which attracted a great number
of devotees and viewers.

October December 2017 NEWSLETTER


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MAJOR CELEBRATIONS AND RELIGIOUS EVENTS AT MTNA
OCTOBER DECEMBER 2017
Please check the details in the 2016 MTNA calendar
or visit our website: www.murugantemple.org
Information is available with the front desk at: 301-552-4889

OCTOBER 2017 DECEMBER 2017


Wednesday, Oct. 18 DEEPAVALI
Special Abishekams THIRU KARTHIGAI &SWAMI MALAI GURU VIZHA
For details, pl. contact the temple manager Sponsorship: $151
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SKANDA SASHTI CELEBRATION Saturday, December 2
Friday, Oct. 20 - Wednesday, Oct. 25
Sponsorship: All six days $251 9:00 am Ganapathi Puja & Sivan Abishekam
10:00 am Subramanya Homam
Friday, Oct. 20 - Day 1 - Sponsorship: $101 Pal Kudam and Kavadi
9 amGanapathi Homam & Ganapathi Abishekam 11:00 am Murugan Vishea Dravya Abishekam
9:45 amSubramanya Homam, Pal Kudam & Kavadi Bhajan
11 amMurugan Abishekam, Deeparadhanai Short talk on Lord Murugan
6 pmMurugan Sahasranaamam 12:30 pm - Deeparadhanai
Lunch break
Sat . Oct. 21 and Sun. Oct. 22Days 2 & 3 6:00 pm Annmalai Deepam
Sponsorship: $101 (each day) 6:30 pm Palani Andavar Special Abishekam
10:30 amPalkudam & Kavadi 7:00 pm Pournami, Meenakshi Special Abishekam
11 amMurugan Abishekam, Deeparadhanai
6 pmMurugan Shasranaamam
New Years Eve Celebration
Mon. Oct. 23 & Tues. Oct. 24Days 4 & 5
Sponsorship: $101 (each day) Sunday, December 31
10:00 amPalkudam & Kavadi
10:30 amMurugan Abishekam, Deeparadhanai 10:20 pm Bhajan
6 pmMurugan Shasranaamam Special Midnight Puja

Wed. Oct. 25Day 6 - Sponsorship: $101


9 amGanapathi Abishekam
9:30 amSubrmanya Homam, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
10:30 amPal Kudam & Kavadi
11 amMurugan Abishekam, Bhajan, Deeparadhanai 6 PM7 PM
6 pmPalani Andavar Abishekam SUBRAMANYA LAKSHARCHANA
7:30 pmSoora Samharam Devotees will chant
SAT. OCT. 28 - SKANDA SASHTI MAHOTSAVAM Subramanya Sahasranamam
and (1008 names of Lord Subramanya)
THIRUCHENDUR VETRI VIZHA
Sponsorship: $151 This is a special sponsorship for $11 each.
Please register ahead of time and bring flowers and/
The festival begins at 9 am with Ganapathi or fruits for the event.
Abishekam and continues throughout the day.
Highlights include Subramanya Homam, Pal Kudam
& Kavadi, Murugan Sangu and Dravya Abishekam,
Devotees will light 25,000 Deepams and place
Bhajan, Deeparadhanai, Prasadam, Murugan Thiru- them around the inner perimeter of the temple.
kalyanam, Murugan Procession, Subrmanya Lak-
sharchana and lighting of 25,000 deepams and con- Please contact the temple manager for details
cludes with Idumban, Veerabhagu Deeparadhanai. and sponsorship.
See page 3 for an informative flyer with details.

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SPONSOR
SILVER KAVASAM FOR
SRI MARKANDEYA
ANUGRAHA MOORTHY

The MTNA Religious Committee has been authorized by the Board of Trustees to an-
nounce an exciting new project. A number of devotees have expressed interest in pro-
moting the idea of installing a Silver Kavasam for Sri Markandeya Anugraha Moorthy.
The project cost estimate is around $20K. A group of devotees have already pledged
about $11K to have the proposed Silvar Kavasam made in Tamil Nadu and shipped to
us. Devotees are cordially invited to sponsor this new initiative. For details, please con-
tact the temple manager at 301-552-4889.

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APPRECIATION
The Board of Trustees and the Ex-
ecutive Committee of the temple ex-
tend their appreciation and gratitude
to the organizers for contributing to
the well-being of our children and for
keeping our tradition alive through
education.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Students, alumni of MTNA Tamil
School and their parents contributed
time and effort (Siramathanam) pre-
paring for the July 2017 MTNA Brah-
motsavam celebration.

MTNA OFFERS TAMIL, BHAJAN, HINDUISM


AND HATHA YOGA CLASSES FOR CHILDREN

Tamil language classes are certified by the American


Tamil Academy (ATA).

From September to June, classes are on second and


fourth Sundays of each month with the following
schedule:

10: 15 am10:45 am - Bhajan class


10:45 am11:30 am - Hinduism class
11:30 amnoon - Yoga class
Noon12:15 pm - Lunch Break
12:15 pm1:15 pm - Tamil Class

Any change in schedule or content will be an-


nounced by the coordinator, Mr. Vigna Karu

For details, please contact:

Mr. Vigna Karu nakaran: vignakaru@yahoo.com


OR
Mr. Vayudeva Varadan: vayudeva@earthlink.net
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RIGHT: On September 23, as part of annual Navarathri


celebration, the Cultural Committtee organized a night of
Dhandiya and Raas Garba dance at the temple. Over 100
people stopped and partcitipated in the group dance. It
was heartening to see a number of devotee families and
young children at the event.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Murugan Temple
Devotees are the foundation of any temple. Volunteers are the pillars. MTNA needs more volun-
of North America teers. We cordially invite the devotees to volunteer a few hours a month to help on various occa-
sions. Please join the dedicated team of volunteers to show your devotion to Lord Murugan.
6300 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, Please contact Dr. Manimekalai Saravanan at the temple phone number.
Maryland 20706, USA

You can find us on the Face Book at


www.murugantemple.org https://www.facebook.com/MuruganTempleNorthAmerica
301-552-4889
MURUGAN TEMPLE PUJA FUND

We use flowers and garlands, milk and


fruits for deities for daily pujas as well as for spe-
cial occasions. Please donate generously to the
MTNA PUJA FUND. Contact 301-552-4889
for online donation or for other ways to donate.
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VASTHRAM FOR DEITIES


SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

Devotees are welcome to sponsor vasthram cUtha; mUtha; csjha; ,yjha;


such as dhoti or saree for deities in the temple on kUtha; kyuha; kzpaha; xspaha;
occasions such as Navarathri, Skanda Sashti, fUtha; capuha;f; fjpaha; tpjpaha;
Thaippoosam, and other special event days. FUtha; tUtha; mUs;tha; Ffnd
Sponsorship will be accepted on a first-come-first - fe;jh; mEg{jp
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TEMPLE HOURS: Monday Friday 9 am 12 noon & 5 pm - 9 pm;
Please note that the MTNA priests will not be Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays 9 am 9 pm.
able to arrange for vasthram sponsorship by
devotees. Please contact the front desk at 301- TEMPLE SERVICES: MTNA Priests are available to perform religious
552-4889 to arrange for sponsorship. ceremonies for devotees. Please call the Temple Manager to discuss your
needs and make prior arrangements for ceremonies at the Temple or in your
home. Also, ask for information about local hotels for your short stay during
visit to the temple.
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ntYk; AUDITORIUM: The Temples auditorium capable of seating about 200 people
kapYk; in the basement is available for rent by Devotees. The Temple has also ample
Jiz parking space. Please call the Temple Manager at 301 552-4889 for
reservations.

The Murugan Temple of North America is a traditional DIRECTIONS TO MURUGAN TEMPLE: From I-95 (also 495, Capital
Hindu Temple. It has a floor area of 7000 sq. ft with Beltway), take exit 20-A, Lanham (Rte 450 East), then follow the signs to
Princess Garden Parkway. Turn right on Princess Garden Parkway. Murugan
main sannidhi for Murugan (Karthikeya) and separate Temple is on your left within half a mile (6300 Princess Garden Parkway).
sannidhi for each of the other deities: Vinayaka From Baltimore-Washington Parkway take Exit to Rt. 193 East Greenbelt
(Ganesha), Durgai Amman, Siva, Meenakshi Amman Road. Turn left on Greenbelt Road. Turn right on Hanover Parkway, which
and Palani Andavar. Navagrahas are featured as well. becomes Princess Garden Parkway. Drive about 2.5 miles. The temple will be
Visit our web site: www.murugantemple.org on your right.