Devotees celebrated Father's Day with ecstasy at Hari Om Mandir

“Fatherlessness is a growing crisis in America, one that undergirds many of the challenges that families are facing. When dads aren’t around, young people are more likely to drop out of school, use drugs, be involved in the criminal justice system, and become young parents themselves. President Obama grew up without his dad, and has said that being a father is the most important job he has. That’s why the President is joining dads from across the nation in a fatherhood pledge – a pledge that we’ll do everything we can to be there for our children and for young people whose fathers are not around.”

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Chicago IL: Hari Om Mandir located at 6N020 Medinah Rd, Medinah, IL celebrated Father’s Day with Desi style on Sunday, June 17th, 2012. Devotees started coming at 11:30 AM. All the devotees present enjoyed beautiful Bhajans recited by devotees.

Father’s Day is a celebration of father’s day inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. Father’s Day was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas from Spokane, who was also the driving force behind its establishment. Its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are fathers.

What do people do? Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.

Celebrations of Father’s day started by Sneh Chaudhary Secretary of the Board welcoming all to celebrating Father’ day. President Rajeev Bharel narrated various activities performed by Mandir with the cooperation of all. He also outlined upcoming programs and requested all to attend them in large numbers.

Mr. Ayodhia Salwan, Chairman, Board of Trustees welcomed all fathers and mothers and sons and daughters to celebrate Father’s day and informed the importance of a father. He informed everyone that Green card petition for Priest Yogesh Pandya ji has approved. In the presence of the past Executive Board Presidents and Past Chairman, Board of Trustees, the current President Rajeev Bharel gave the card to Yogesh ji. Ayodhia Salwan ji recited the mantras. He also informed that R1 visa for Pt. Dinesh kumar ji has been approved.

The management honored Mr. Krishan Tejpal. Chairman of the Senior Citizen’s Committee, and his wife. A cake made out of traditional Khoya (Mewa), Carrot Murabba, Mango Murabba and Petha was cut by the Mr Tejpal and other senior members of the Society. Star Foods of Schaumburg prepares this traditional cake every year for the Mother’s Day & Father’s Day celebrations.

To commemorate Father’s Day, a token gift of Incense stick and bell was distributed to all devottees.
Management also honored Mr. Suresh Bodiwala Chairman of the Asian Media for his excellent services to the Hari Om Mandir.

To commemorate Father’s Day, a token gift of Incense stick and bell was distributed to all devotees. After Aarti & Mahaprasad and devotees dispersed cherishing memories of Father’s Day.

About Hari OM Mandir
Hari Om Mandir is located in DuPage County in the heart of Chicagoland. The Mandir has statues of all major North Indian Gods & Goddesses. Every Sunday there is a Havan and general congregation followed by Aarti and Bhojan Prasad. On every first Saturday of the month we have Devi Jagran from 7 – 10pm. Every Monday there is Shiv Puja and every Tuesday a Hanuman Challisa Path. There are two learned priests available in temple, for Poojas, Havan, Kathas etc in the temple and at home. Please visit Hari Om Mandir at 6N020 Medinah Rd, Medinah, IL Phone: 630 980 0900.

Mandir has two priests namely Pt. Dinesh Kumar ji, who hails from Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He belongs to a family of Priests and Astrologers. His fore fathers were known figures in their field. He has been doing Satyanarayan Katha since he was five years old. He is well versed in all kinds of Hindu Rituals including Havan, marriage and all other Poojas. He is very much liked by devotees. He has exhibited skills of pravachan and Bhajan Kirtan in a very impressive manner. His Family includes, his wife a son and two daughters, who live in Jalandhar.

Pt. Shastri Yogesh Pandyaji was born in Karnali, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. He has been Priest at the Hindu Society of Metropolitan Chicago since May, 2009. He had his initial education at Narmada Sankrit Pathshala and practiced Sankrit at Shakul Yajurved Madhyadini Branch under the expert guidance of Neelkanth Shauchey Guruji. He learnt Karmkand, Pooja from M.S. University and Bhagwat Vidyapeeth, Ahmedabad. He has a Great Knowledge of Vastu, Vivah Sanskar. Shodas Sanskar, and Satyanaryan Katha, Chandi Poojan. His devotion to his work is commendable. In a very short time he has gained praise from all and has been working together with the management to bring new programs to the temple. He is very committed and sincere towards the growth of the temple. His family includes father, mother & a brother, who live in Karnali in Baroda, Gujarat, India

Hari Om Mandir – Board of Trustees
1). Ayodhia Salwan, Chairman
2). Sham Rawal, Vice Chairman
3). Mohan Karamchandani, Secretary
4). Krishan Lal Tejpal
5). Amar Singla
6). Vipul Sirivastva
7). Sateesh Chander
8). Nirmal Bagga

Executive Board
Mr. Rajeev Bharel, President
Mr. Brij Sharma, Vice President
Mr. Gopal Tiwari, Treasurer
Mrs. Sneh Choudhary, Secretary
Mr. Sunil Saxena, Property Management
Mr. Swappan Kumar, Publication, Parking & Volunteer team head
Mrs. Anshu Paul, Education
Mr. Anil Saxena, Special Events
Mr. Ramesh Bhardwaj, Food

Upcoming events:
Sat. June 30th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Swami Adyatamanand Ji Parvachan
July 8th 11:00am – 5pm Raunak Mela (Taste of India)

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Suresh Bodiwala
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