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Mombasa to Open Grand New Temple

by Govinda Prema das

Posted March 6, 2011

Devotees and well-wishers worldwide are invited to the grand opening of ISKCON's new temple on Beach Road in Mombasa, Kenya. The festivities begin on Saturday, April 9 and continue through Wednesday, April 13. Throughout the festival days there will be mahaprasadam served daily in the afternoons and evenings for everyone.

The new temple, situated on a two-acre plot in the Nyali area of Mombasa, across from the local golf club, has three altars with Deities of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadhisa; Sri Sri Sita, Rama and Lakshman; and Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai. A dome-shaped hall can accommodate 400 devotees, and an adjoining open terrace will boost the capacity to 1,000 during popular functions.

The complex also includes a guest-house, Govinda’s Restaurant, library, community hall, auditorium, food hall, a sweet stall and several kitchens. Facilities include a landscaped garden with a fountain and play area for children.

Detailed Schedule of Events:

Saturday, April 9: Welcoming of guests, with Shobha Yatra in Nyali area, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 10: Shobha Yatra, with Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadhisa proceeding to the New Dwaraka-dhama Temple from the existing temple in Ganjoni, 6 a.m. Harinam sankirtan, from 8:30 a.m. till 8:30 p.m.

Svasti Vachana and Shanti Mantras, Sankalpa, Viswakshena Aradhana, Sudarshana Puja, Vasudeva Punyaha, Raksha-bandhana, Vastu Aradhana, Purusha-sukta and Sri Sukta Homas, Sudarshana and Narasimha Homas, Vasta Homa, Dvara Puja Yajna ceremony, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, April 11: Shilpi-dosha Snaanam (Dosha Nivarana Abhishek), Nethronmilanam (Opening the eyes of the Lord), Vandaapana and Shubadivaasa (Welcoming and honouring the Deity), Chakra Pratistha (Installation of Sudarshana), Dwaja Pratistha (Installation of the Flag yajna ceremony), 9 a.m. till noon.

Tattva-nyasa Homa (Establishing the eternal truths in the Deity), Srishti-nyasa and Keshava-nyasa Homas(Establishing the various limbs of the Deity), Kautuka-bandhanam (Protecting the Deity), Shayana-adivaasa (Jhulana-seva and offering a bed to the Deities), 5:30 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12: Waking the Deities and offering 16 Upacharas, 5:00 a.m.; Prana Pratistha (Shukla-paksham, Navami-tithi, Pushyami nakshatram, 7:38 a.m. to 7:51 a.m.) in Mesha Lagnam.

Vishesha Maha-abhisheka, 9 a.m.; Cleaning of the Altar, 10:30 a.m.; Shrungara-seva, 11 a.m.; Installation of Chakra and Dhwaja, 11:30 a.m.; Maha-naivedya (First Bhoga Offering to the Deity), noon.

Maha-mangala-arati (First Greeting of Their Lordships) and Maha Purnaahuti, 12:30 p.m.; Mahaprasadam feast, 1:00 p.m.; Tulasi Puja, 6:30 p.m.; Sandhya Arati, 7:00 p.m.; Sayana Arati, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13: Mangal Arati, 4:30 a.m.; Tulasi Puja, 5:00 a.m.; Japa and meditation, 5:15 a.m.

Sringar Darshan (Deity Greeting), 7:20 a.m.; Srila Prabhupada Guru-puja, 7:30 a.m.; Morning class on Srimad Bhagavatam, 8:00 a.m.; Diksha (Initiation) ceremony, 9:30 a.m.

Rajabhoga Arati and Offering, 12:30 p.m.; Upal Bhoga Arati and offering, 4:30 p.m.; Tulasi Puja, Appreciation and Cultural Programs, 6:30 p.m.; Sandhya Arati, 7:00 p.m.

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