SRI VITTHAL DHAM MANDIR
WITH PARAMAHAMSA VISHWANANDA
15 till 19 June 2023
There are many things that 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 – God´s 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 15-19 June 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.
A very special and blessed experience! Take the opportunity to participate in this historic event and experience an inner journey to your true self 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.
The temple inauguration includes many highlights: yoga and meditation practice, kirtan music, Indian classical dance performances, a theater play, vegan delicacies and much more. Here in our program you will find all highlights!
We are looking forward to seeing you!
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.
Can I stay overnight in the ashram?
This is not possible as all rooms are already reserved for international guests of Paramahamsa Vishwananda and priests from India. Please look for a suitable accommodation in the surrounding area. We have compiled a list of hotels & guesthouses nearby. There is also an exchange group on accommodation.
Do I have to be Hindu to come to the inauguration ceremony?
Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration, re-gardless of faith or tradition.
What happens during a temple inauguration?
At a temple dedication, many different rituals are performed to welcome God into His new home. Prana Pratishta refers to the ceremony of invoking the presence of God into a murti (animated statue), bringing it to life. To be able to be present at such a special and rare event is an immeasurable blessing for all participants.
What should I pay attention to, how should I behave?
A temple in honor of God is a place to meet and pray, 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 consumption of meat and alcohol is prohibited on our premises! Smoking is only permitted outside the ashram grounds in designated areas.
What clothing is recommended?
The inauguration is a festive occasion. Colorful and modest clothing is recommended. Remember that you are coming to meet the Divine. Traditional Indian clothing is welcome, but not required.
Can I do seva during the temple opening?
If you would like to do seva (selfless service) at the temple opening, you can register here.
Why are there so many deities?
We believe in one God, one God with many faces. We call Him Sriman Narayana. He takes on a variety of forms with different qualities and characteristics. So you can establish a relationship with the form of the Divine that you feel connected to. In this way, you can also find God within yourself. Check out the deities that will be at home in the Sri Vitthal Dham Mandir here.