01-13-2018 Telugu Association of Greater Chicago Celebrated Makara Sankranti and India Republic Day with Telugu Culture and Traditions

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Chicago: Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (First Telugu association in North America) celebrated Makara Sankranti and India Republic Day with Chicago land area Telugu families at the HTGC Rama Temple Auditorium, Lemont IL.The event was a grand success with an overwhelming response from the Telugu community with over 1000 guests in attendance. The event was conducted on 13th January, 2018 from 3:00PM to 10PM. TAGC Board has decided to do this event with all local talent promoting the Telugu culture, traditions and encouraged youth to preserve traditions. The response from the Telugu community was tremendous as per Membership committee chair Mr. Praveen Vemulapalli more than 1000 guests were attending the event even during the Cold climate in Chicago. On behalf of all TAGC, We wish all our community a happy Makara Sankranthi and advanced Republic Day wishes. The cultural programs included more than 30 programs with 330 local talents, followed by Chicago famous singers Praveen Jaligamagaru, Sailajagaru and Madhavi Merugugaru who entertained audiences with different movie songs. TAGC President-elect Ramu Billakanti garu welcomed and wished good health, prosperity and wealth to all the guests on behalf of President Jyothi Chintalapani garu. President garu thanked all Sponsors, Volunteers and encouraged to take membership by […]

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01-13-2018 Lohri festival: Celebrations of fertility and magnificence at Hari Om Mandir

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Chicago IL: Unprecedented crowds thronged the Hari Om Mandir, Medinah, IL on January 13th to celebrate the vibrant Festival of LOHRI!!! This Festival has always been celebrated in HOM in the Traditional North Indian Style, with the favorite foods, clothing, songs, customs etc. of Punjab. This year too, despite the very cold & frigid temperatures, Devotees from far and wide, in unexpected numbers – close to a 1000, came to the Temple to enjoy the Festivities. The Temple Management had made adequate arrangements to serve the Special Meal of the Season – Makki Ki Roti, Saag, Lassi and Gur Wale Chawal. Along with this, the traditional items like Bhugga, Popcorn, Rewari, Moongphali, Khajoor and Chirvara were distributed as Prasad. The Food was relished by one and all! People were raving about the delicious food, and truly appreciated the immense efforts put in by the Ladies, who had spent the morning cooking all the delicacies. Another star attraction was a Beautiful Village of Punjab, (Pind in Punjabi), set up to depict the true culture & ambience of this Festival. Colorful Phulkaris adorned the walls, while Idols of young girls in typical Punjabi Suits & boys in colorful Turbans, and were displayed to […]

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01-01-2018 Hari Om Mandir celebrates New Year with Akhand Ramayan Path

New Year Celebration at Hari Om Mandir - Asian Media USA

Chicago IL: January 1st 2018 started off with a Bang in the premises of Hari Om Mandir, Medinah, IL. Huge crowds gathered in the Temple to seek Blessings from God Almighty on this auspicious day, and prayed for a healthy, wealthy and prosperous Year ahead. Unlike the tradition from past years, (Akhand Ramayan Path), HOM, this year, had organized “Sunderkand Path” on the 1st of January. Singers from India, along with Chicago Land Tabla Maestro, Puran Dada Vyas, recited the Path and mesmerized the Congregation with their soulful singing. Despite the frigid cold weather, severe wind chills, negative temperatures, almost 500 Devotees attended the program! The Hall was full to capacity and people waited patiently in long lines, to offer flowers in the lotus feet of Hanuman Ji and seek His Blessings on this very first Day of the New Year. The Mandir was beautifully decorated with Buntings, dazzling Streamers, Banners, Flowers, Bellsetc to enhance the ambience for the celebrations. As the Devotees walked in, Pandit Raghuvir Ji welcomed everyone with the auspicious Tilak on the forehead, Hanuman Ji Sash around the neck, and handed over the Holy Path Book to sing along. In Hari Om Mandir, the 1st of […]

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05-15-2016 AIPHA’s Annual Banquet and Business Expo

Chicago IL: Harish Bhatt, President of the renowned Association of Indian Pharmacists in America (AIPHA), hosted AIPHA’s Annual Banquet and Business Expo on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Meadows Club, 2950 W Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, IL to celebrate with their members and their families. The AIPHA Banquet and Expo offers a platform in which members can network amongst themselves, as well as gives them an opportunity to meet and greet with the decision makers that influence change. The program was highly successful with the active support of the Executive Board, AIPHA members and volunteers. The Banquet was attended by many dignitaries including Consul General of Chicago, Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Jay Stewart, director of professional regulation, Dr. Yash Amin, director of drug compliance, Alex Hemsley, director of policy and procedure, Hardik Bhatt, chief information officer, Aarti Parikh, investigator for professional regulation, Marcus Evens, state representative, Thaddeus Jones, state representative, Shahab Udddin, chairman of Qatar Airways, Jeff Brannon & Mike Synor from Cardinal Drugs, Mark Andricks and Tony Ferrante from HD Smith and Raja Krishnamoorthi, next congressman from the 8th district of IL. “Tonight, we are celebrating our survival; another year has passed and we continue to level with our […]

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05-15-2016 The Glory of Hyderabad

Chicago IL: “Hyderabad has always remained as a point of convergence of many different cultures, traditions, festivals, and religions that gave it its distinct cosmopolitan character. Hyderabad’s lingua franca, ‘Dakhini’, is a unique blend of several languages, typifying the true plural character of the city, where people belonging to different castes, creed, and religions live in peace and harmony and participate in each other’s festivals with enthusiasm”, said Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago in his inaugural address of the “Celebration of the Glory of Hyderabad” held under the patronage of Consulate General of India in Chicago, on Sunday, May 15 th, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, at  Shalimar Banquets, 280 W. North Ave. Addison, IL. Continuing his address, Dr. Sayeed said that the event is aimed at celebrating the famed ‘Ganga-JamuniTehzeeb’ and portraying the “Hyderabadiyat”, rather than merely glorifying Hyderabad’s historicalachievements. “The Hyderabadi Tehzeeb is the traditional mix of civility, hospitality, courtesy, and grace in social interaction, the hallmark of which is respect and consideration”, added Dr. Sayeed. “While Hyderabad has been protecting and preserving its age-old culture and traditions, it has been proactive in welcoming and embracing the contemporary socio-economic changes. It has emerged […]

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05-17-2017 International Yoga Day Kick Kick-off ceremony

Chicago IL: The second International Day of Yoga will be celebrated by the Consulate General of India in collaboration with the City of Sandwich on 25th June, 2016 at Timber creek Inn, 3300 Drew Ave, Sandwich, Illinois. In this connection, the kick off ceremony of 2nd International of Yoga Day was celebrated on 17th May, 2016 in the Consulate premises. The Hon’ble Mayor of city of Sandwich, Rick Olson, attended the ceremony with the representatives of City of Sandwich including Mr. Jim Teckenbrock, Executive Director, Sandwich Economic Development Corporation, Mr. Cort Carlson, Executive Director, Aurora Area Convention and visitor’s Bureau and Chief of Police of city of Sandwich, Jim Bianci. The ceremony was also attended by different community organizations, established yoga and spiritual centers and members of the Media. Shri O.P.Meena, Consul, welcomed the guests. The ceremony started with screening of extracts of Messages of Prime Minister of India, EAM & Minister [IC] derived from Common Yoga Protocol 2016. During kick off ceremony, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General, addressed the gathering & shared information with participants on celebration of 2nd International Yoga Day.The following are the important details. Second International Yoga Day celebrations in US Mid-west is from 10:00 AM […]

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04-26-2016 American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Indian roads claim more than 16 lives every hour in accidents on an average. Over 141,000 people died in crashes in 2014, 3% more than the number of fatalities in 2013. According to World Health Organization (WHO), India has now overtaken China and has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide. Rajasthan, a northwestern state in India, is among the top five states in India, that together account for nearly 40% of the fatalities in India. Training the first responders, who are often the Police Force, Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Team (EMT) and the Doctors is very important to save the lives of those who meet with accidents. With the objective of training the first respondents in accidents, American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, a division of Manipal Global Education Services, organized a week-long training to at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) in Jaipur and Rabindra Nath Tagore College of Medical Sciences in Udaipur Rajasthan, India. The trainings held from April 18th to 22nd, both in Udaipur and Jaipur, trained first responders, including Fire Fighters, Policemen, and EMT in Advance Life Support, CPR, and First Aid. Instruction on these techniques provided by leaders from AUA’s Emergency […]

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Mr. Dindigul I. Leoni, Kalaignar TV fame joins Chicago Tamil Sangam to celebrate “Pongal Vizha 2015” at Elgin, IL

Elgin, IL : Pongal festival – falls on the first day of the Thai month in Tamil Calendar – is not only the New Year for the Tamil community, but also marks the Harvesting Day in Tamil Nadu. Pongal festival is much more than a ritualistic celebration and open to everyone with no barriers of religion and creed. Representing the Tamil community, Chicago Tamil Sangam (CTS) hosted its Pongal Vizha “Festival of harvest” celebrations showcasing its affinity towards rich Tamil culture, on January 31, 2015, at Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, IL. The event saw an attendance of over 500, despite the inclined weather and the blizzard conditions following. CTS, as never minimized its efforts, presented an event that provoked inquisitiveness among their patrons. The 5-hour long entertainment commenced sharp at 6:00 p.m. following Thamizh Thaai Vazhthu (Invocation to Goddess Tamil). President Mr. Somu Thiru inaugurated the event by introducing organizers Mrs. Lakshmi Anandan and Kamala Babu, who then chivalrously welcomed the patrons and the special guest Mr. Dindigul I. Leoni, a teacher, orator, and comedy debates judge speaker. Kavithai (poem) renditions by Mrs. Devi Annamalai and Mr. Sivakumar Murugesan signified the presence of Tamil Thaai (Goddess Tamil) in house. Then […]

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FIA-Chicago hosts a colorful Republic Day Gala

Chicago IL: The Federation of Indian Associations-Chicago (FIA) hosted a festive gala banquet in celebration of the India Republic Day that was enhanced by the spirit of patriotism of the Indian Americans filled to the capacity at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, IL to united celebrate the 66th year of the India’s sovereign democratic republic. Buoyed by the sizeable attendance, the fervor of the evening’s Republic celebrations was further augmented with the dazzling dance presentations, melodious musical selections with the entire event enveloped in a festive Indian spirit. After the lighting of the lamp, Honorable Bill Foster represents Illinois’ 11th Congressional District set the tone for the evening by commending India’s republic and India’s abiding commitment to a democratic way of life. Congressman congratulated FIA leaders for hosting a commendable event to mark this significant date in Indian democratic history. Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, FIA’s outgoing president in his remarks eloquently praised India’s triumphant journey of 66years and its enduring spirit of democracy and recalled the golden moments in history when India attained freedom and that which culminated into a sovereign democratic republic of India with constitution to guide its destiny. Keerthi Kulmar Ravoori generously thanked the guests, board members […]

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Maharudram Event at Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago

Chicago IL: The Maharudram Committee of The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Lemont, IL organized the grand inauguration ceremony of the prelude series titled “Rudra: Who Really is He?” on Saturday Jan 31, 2015. The function was attended by over 700 people and the Sama Rathi Auditorium in the Temple was fully packed. The overflow crowd watched the program live on an overhead display in the Gupta Hall at the Temple. This is the prelude program to the main event “Maharudram and Navachandi Mahayagnam” coming up later this year in June. The prelude is comprised of a series of enlightening discourses and cultural presentations bringing out the spiritual symbolism of Mahayagnas and their contribution to universal peace, welfare and prosperity. The program started sharply at 5:45 PM with a prayer to Lord Ganesha by Sri Vengatesa Sivachariyar, distinguished priest of the temple. Revered Swamiji Ishatmananda, senior monk of Sri Ramakrishna order and Minister In-charge, Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, and the Honorable Consul General of India, Dr. Ausuf Sayeed, were welcomed to the stage and honored with garlands by Sri Lakshman Agadi, Chairman of Maharudram committee and Sri Bhima Reddy, President of HTGC. The keynote speaker of the evening, Swamiji […]

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Lohri festival: Celebrations of fertility and fanfare at ABCD

Chicago, IL: Lohri festival was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm at American Business Community of Desis (ABCD) on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Cascade Banquets, 800 West Irving Park Road, Bensenville, IL. More than 200 people attended the function. The weather during the day didn’t deter excitement the members of ABCD. Lohri was celebrated with traditional bonfire, tappes, and songs suitable for the occasion. ABCD members witnessed a lively night of blazing bonfire. The purpose of this festivity was to celebrate Lohri and launch ABCD to help the Indian Business Community promote their business. Lohri function has been celebrated in the North India in winter in the month of January. Families get together around bonfire to celebrate Lohri of the new born & newly married and eat foods such as dates, peanuts, bhuga (traditional India sweet and made of milk products) good for health during the winter season. Since peoples in the North have migrated to other parts of India and abroad, therefore Lohri festival is celebrated throughout India and even in the foreign lands. Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice as Lohri was originally celebrated on winter solstice day, being the shortest […]

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Consulate General of India Chicago Celebrates 66th Republic Day

Chicago IL: Honorable Consul General Ausaf Sayeed celebrated India’s 66th Republic Day On Monday, January 26, 2015 with leading Chicago-land entrepreneurs and citizens to honor the sacrifices our freedom fighters have made and to remember the work of our Founding Fathers, for giving to us a country where our dignity and individual freedom is assured. He also extended his warmest greetings to all across the country and also to those living abroad. Indian Consulate is located in the heart of downtown at 455 North City front Plaza Drive, Suite No.850, NBC Tower Building, Chicago, IL. The event began at 10 am as the Honorable Consul General saluted the Indian Flag as he held the rope to release the Indian Flag called “Dhhwaj Vandan” to respect and honor the Indian Flag, followed by singing of Indian National Anthem. He also recited the speech given by honorable President of India, Pranab Kumar Mukherji on the eve of Republic day on 25th January, 2015 in India. While addressing the countrymen, the President also notably recognized the contribution of the Indians living abroad. He covered every aspect of India and Indians who are actively engaged in the progress of the country, their achievements, their […]

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Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC) celebrates Sankranthi & Republic Day

Lemont, IL: Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC) celebrates Sankranthi & Republic Day on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Lemont Rd, Lemont, IL. TAGC is celebrating its 44th year of service and dedication to the Chicago and surrounding areas. The event was attended by over 1000 guests from in and around the Chicago area. Bhogi-Sankranthi is the annual festival celebrating the successful harvest. It is celebrated pompously in the southern part of India. The evening was filled with activities for both the young and old alike. This years’ President, Executive Committee and members of the Chicago Area Telugu Seniors (CATS) of TAGC inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp and welcoming the guests. Over 200 children took part in the cultural programs. The programs ranged from prayer songs to patriotic songs; traditional dances to Bollywood dances, from skits depicting Lord Krishna to dances enacting the entire Ramayana and invoking the Panchabhootams (Five elements) was showcased. Many cultural programs presented as part of the event. Some of highlights of the cultural program were several songs, dances and skit sequences presented by children of the Chicagoland area which constituted Bhagavatham, Ramayanam, events signifying Bhogi and […]

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Grand Sankranthi and Republic Day Cultural Celebrations Hosted by Tri-State Telugu Association (TTA), Chicago

Chicago IL: The 2015 Sankranthi and Republic Day cultural event organized by the Tri State Telugu Association (TTA), Chicago, on the 24th of January 2015, under the auspices of the TTA Board of Directors, was a feast to the eyes and kept the audience glued to the seats from start to the end. The spirit of Sankranthi and Patriotism was brought forth in vibrant colors with a 7 hour cultural program with more than 320+ performers participating in the event. TTA victoriously celebrated Sankranthi with an event that presented a multi- talented, multi-faceted cultural program of thematic presentations, fashion show, music and dance. The Sama Rathi Auditorium at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC), Lemont, IL was jam packed with proud TTA members and community at large. It was an evening filled with mélange of various styles of Indian classical and modern art forms by local talented children and adults alike. Marking the tradition of Sankranthi and Bhogi the TTA board organized “Bhogi Pallu”, a special ritual performed on the day of Bhogi where 45 little children dressed in colorful clothes are given Aarthi and Bhogi pallu (a special mixture of berries, flower and rice are showered on the […]

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Lohri festival: Celebrations of fertility and fanfare at Hari Om Mandir

Medinah, IL: This year also The festival of Lohri was celebrated with great fanfare at Hari Om Mandir located at 6 North 20 Medinah Road, Medinah, IL on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. As usual attendance was house full. The weather during the day didn’t deter excitement of the devotees. The devotees witnessed a lively night of blazing bonfire. Lohri was celebrated with traditional food of Saag (mustard) and Makki (corn) ki roti and lassi (buttermilk), bonfire, tappes, and songs suitable for the occasion. Lohri was distinguished to honor the day of harvesting crop. The time was considered very auspicious and special to a farmer as it rewarded him of his toil all the year round A week before the Lohri preparations started including decorating the Mandir. A nicely decorated Punjabi Beda (Village) was created by Aarty Singla and team giving the real feeling of being in a Punjabi pind. It was decorated with Chullah, Charkha (Spinning wheel), fresh vegetables, and sugar canes and many small decorative items creating a Punjabi village atmosphere. Lohri is also one of the most celebrated harvest festival in Punjab. It is the time for people to thank God for his kindness and for a plentiful […]

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Hari Om Mandir celebrates the New Year 2015 with Akhand Ramayan Path

Chicago IL: Hari Om Mandir celebrated the New Year 2015 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 2014 and to welcome the New Year 2015. At midnight all the devotees greeted each other and sweets were distributed to all as Prasad by temple priest. 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. Hari Om Parivar extends its best wishes for the prosperous, peaceful, healthy, happy and successful New Year – 2015 to everyone in the community. In the congregation, BOT Chairman Mr. Ayodhia Salwan announced the name of the new president Mr. Indrajit Sarkar who is re-elected this year also. He welcomed him saying, “Mr. Sarkar is a very devoted and hardworking President. He continuously brings new ideas and conducts great programs for the benefit of all devotees.” Mr. Sarkar said “I feel blessed and consider […]

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Live2U Hosts New Year’s Eve Celebration with Krushna and Kashmira

Chicago IL: Live2U organized a splendid New Year’s Eve celebration on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Meadows Club, 2950 W Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, IL. This event consisted of Bollywood star, Bollywood Comedian, 90 items Cruise Style Food, Open Premium Bar, VVIP and VIP sprawl, DJ by Sohbash Khan, elegant stage decorations, Special Light effects, Excellent sound system and a Special Meadows Club Grand Ballroom Layout for the Best Party Ever. Over all the party had the best of music, entertainment, food and beverages and a midnight champagne toast, which attracted audience from all over the Midwest to enjoy this one of a kind show in Chicago to ring in 2015. Though there were many New Year’s Eve Parties organized all over Chicago land area however Live2U has proved again that when it comes to New Year’s Eve Party in Chicago land area they are the best in town. Live 2U is an Entertainment Power House Specializing and Conceptualizing Live Shows and Concerts, Plays in USA and Canada featuring the most sought after Celebrities in the Indian and Pakistani Entertainment Industry, one that is vibrant and full of life. Live2U and India House joined together to organize this New Year […]

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New Year 2015 bash with a charitable mission

Chicago IL: Ushering the New Year Chicago Style was the highlight of the spectacular New Year bash with Charitable mission as its central focus to help the victims ravaged by HudHud cyclone in Andhra Pradesh, a breathtaking New Year 2015 Bash was unveiled with an eclectic display of music, singing and dance performances augmented by a lavish spread of food as overflowing guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL on December 31, 2014 lasting into the wee hours of the New Year day. A large turnout of 600 + party revelers joined this beautiful celebration with family and friends to welcome 2015. This large bash was hosted by Dr Ram Gajjela under the aegis of CDM & HR Group, Nature Resource. He acknowledged the hard work of Ms. Chandini Duvvuri, President, Events Unlimited who was in-charge of the overall Organizing, Décor Design and coordination of this spectacular event. The Core Event team includes Jitendra Diganvker, Noman Khan, Harsha Reddy & Azha syed. Dr. Ram Gajjela, the principal host who is Chicago’s renowned health-care industry figure. In his remarks outlining the primary objective said that the New Year event was hosted with the […]

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Bollywood singer Poonam Bhatia Regales New Year's eve Party

Elmhurst IL: Ushering the New Year Chicago Style was the highlight of the spectacular New Year bash organized by Ocean Breeze Entertainment. The event was held at Waterford Banquet hall located at 933 South Riverside Drive in Elmhurst, IL on Wednesday, Dec 31st 2014. Despite the bitter cold weather 500 people of party revelers joined this beautiful celebration with family and friends to welcome 2015. The New Year party at Waterford banquet is one of the most talked about event of 31st December 2014. There was open bar from the beginning to end of the party serving premium liquors and cocktails. There cannot be a good India type festivity without excellent food. For that over 300 feet Buffet was provided by India house. This included 10 appetizers, 12 Sweet Desserts and more than 70 different mouth watering international items followed by verity of deserts including attractively arranged fruits. The International varieties tables included Punjabi, Chinese, Rajwadi Gujrati, Khaman Dhokla, Royal Darbar and Fusion India dishes along with fountain of Mango and Chikoo Lassi. Poonam Bhatia rocked the stage right from the word go! She started off with all the 2014 Bollywood chart busters like baby doll, nagada sang Dhol baje, […]

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Hari Om Mandir celebrates the New Year 2015 with Akhand Ramayan Path

Chicago IL: Hari Om Mandir celebrated the New Year 2015 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 2014 and to welcome the New Year 2015. At midnight all the devotees greeted each other and sweets were distributed to all as Prasad by temple priest. 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. Hari Om Parivar extends its best wishes for the prosperous, peaceful, healthy, happy and successful New Year – 2015 to everyone in the community. In the congregation, BOT Chairman Mr. Ayodhia Salwan announced the name of the new president Mr. Indrajit Sarkar who is re-elected this year also. He welcomed him saying, “Mr. Sarkar is a very devoted and hardworking President. He continuously brings new ideas and conducts great programs for the benefit of all devotees.” Mr. Sarkar said “I feel blessed and consider […]

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