Hari Om Mandir Rings in the New Year with devotees Life Time Achievement awards

Chicago IL: Hari Om Mandir celebrated the New Year 2014 with 24 hours Akhand Ramayan Path. At 11.55pm on 31st Dec. the Ram Dhun was chanted by all the devotees present in the hall in full enthusiasm to say goodbye to 2013 and to welcome the New Year 2014. At midnight all the devotees greeted each other and sweets were distributed to all as Prasad by temple priest.

Even though New Year was on the weekday, we experienced an unprecedented number of devotees who visited the temple and celebrated the New Year with the bhog of Akhand Ramayan Path. As usual Mr. Subhash Sharma took the responsibility of the 24 hours Akhand Ramayan Path. The sponsors were Subhash and Kiran Sharma and Salwan family. Both priests- Shastri Yogesh Pandya and Pandit Dinesh Kumar did the super job of decorating the Darbar.

Hari Om Parivar extends its best wishes for the peaceful, healthy, happy and successful New Year – 2014 to everyone in the community.

In the congregation, BOT Chairman Mr. Ayodhia Salwan announced the name of the new president Mr. Indrajit Sarkar. He welcomed him saying “ Mr. Sarkar is a very devoted and hardworking individual. I encourage him to carry on the Hari Om Parivar’s traditions and help create more programs involving our newer devotees and youth.”

Mr. Sarkar said “I feel blessed and consider myself very lucky to be elected again as the president of Hari Om Mandir.” Mr. Sarkar also took the opportunity to congratulate the re-elected BOT Chairman Mr. Ayodhia Salwan. He said “Mr. Ayodhia Salwan has several years of Seva and experience in the Hari Om Mandir management. He has also served as President a couple of times in the Past years. Both the boards feel great pleasure working under his leadership and guidance.”

Mr. Salwan and Mr. Sarkar both thanked past president Mr. Brij Sharma for his hard work towards the progress of the temple in 2013. Both of them also introduced all the 2014 members of BOT and executive board.

Mr. Salwan also appealed our youth to come forward and serve the society to its highest pinnacle and expressed his gratitude to both the Boards and volunteers who has relentlessly worked hard towards the temple’s work.

Bollywood disco king Bappi Lahiri came to Hari Om Mandir on the new year day to take blessings of lord Ganesh and newly installed 20 feet high marble moorti of Shiromani Bhagat Hanuman ji. Mr. Salwan and Mr. Sarkar honored Bappi Lahiri on his visit to the temple. Bappi Da sang melodious bhajans also.

A temple is a place of tranquility and peace. A temple is the essence that sustains our day-to-day existence. Mr. Sarkar said – Our Goal for 2014, would be to keep Peace and Harmony, proceed with projects- Like installing elevator for disabled and elderly people, additional parking lot and numerous other infrastructural changes. Education committee will focus on many exciting programs along with ACT/SAT classes for our youth.

We always welcome devotees’ generous donations and contributions in the growth of the temple. All are invited to celebrate the Lohri on 12th Jan, 2014 in Hari Om Mandir.

Executive Board: Indrajit Sarkar;President, Anil Saxena; Vice President, Sneh Chaudhary; Secretary, Gopal Tiwari; Treasurer, Jeetu Patel; Special Events, ShamTaxali; Inside Property Management, Ramesh Bhardwaj; Outside Property Management, Vikas Choudhary; Publication, Usha Verma; Food & Prasad.

Board of Trustees: Ayodhia Salwan; Chairman, Nirmal Bagga; Vice Chairman, Mohan Karamchandani; Secretary, Naveen Paul; Ram Verma; Mahendra Thakkar; Subhash Sharma; Amar Singla

Priests: Shastri Yogesh Pandya & Pt.Dinesh Kumar