‚There are many things what happen during the prana pratishta, even if it is just a mantra or just a symbol. But the Lord really gives His presence. So this is prana pratishta, where the life force – Gods life force – is flowing and that place doesn´t just stay just a place. It becomes a temple. A temple, where God resides.‘
– Paramahamsa Vishwananda
ABOUT THE EVENT
From June 15 – 19 2023, Paramahamsa Vishwananda, a world-renowned Spiritual Master and Satguru, will inaugurate the new Sri Vitthal Dham Mandir temple and bring the deities to life.
This promises to be a truly special and blessed experience. Take the opportunity to participate in this historic event and connect with your spiritual side in the presence of Paramahamsa Vishwananda.
The five-day celebration will be filled with a series of traditional Hindu ceremonies and rituals. Devotees and visitors have the opportunity to participate in these rituals and offer their prayers to the deities.
In addition to the temple inauguration, there will be many other highlights such as joint yoga and meditation practice, special musical events, indian dance performances, a theater play, culinary vegan delights and much more. Let yourself be surprised and experience a wonderful time in community.
We look forward to welcoming you to this event!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does the temple inauguration cost admission?
The temple inauguration, all related ceremonies and all other program highlights are free of charge. You are very welcome to support the temple with your donation – with a one-off donation or joining the temple donation program.
Is it possible to stay overnight in the ashram?
Who can come to the temple and the inauguration ceremony?
Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration, re-gardless of age, faith or tradition.
What happens during a temple inauguration?
In a temple inauguration, many different rituals and cere-monies are performed to invite God to take up residence in his new home. Prana Pratishta refers to the ceremony of invoking the presence of God into a murti (statue), bringing it to life. Being able to be present at such a special and rare event includes great blessings for all participants.
What should I pay attention to, how should I behave?
A temple in honor of God is a place of encounter and prayer, a space with room for personal experience, experiencing community, and immersing yourself in beautiful rituals and music for the Divine. We ask that you treat this place with respect. The inauguration is a festive occasion, colorful and modest attire is recommended. Remember that you are coming to meet the Divine. Traditional Indian dress is welcome, but not required.
The consumption of meat and alcohol is prohibited on our premises, smoking is only permitted at the designated areas at the edge of the ashram site.
Why are there so many deities?
One God with many faces – We believe in one God. We call Him Sriman Narayana. Although He lives within us, He also takes on a variety of external forms. These forms allow us to experience a relationship with Him that we consider to be the most important in our lives. Each of these external forms has a unique set of qualities and characteristics. This gives you the freedom to love and relate to the one form of the Divine that you find most attractive.
See here which deities Paramahamsa Vishwananda has chosen for the temple in Sri Vitthal Dham.