Our Temple will be celebrating Ayyappa Padi Pooja with Makara Jyothi darshanam on Makar Sankranti day, Sunday, January 14th. Makara Sankranti is the day when the Sun begins its movement away from the Tropic of Capricorn and towards the northern hemisphere. To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light, and wisdom. Makara Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. It is believed that Makara Jyothi is the celestial lighting which takes place on Makara Sankranthi day and they believe that Swami Ayyappam asserts himself as Makara Jyothi to bless his devotees.
Program details include
- 6:00 pm - Abhishekam
- 6:30 pm – Ayyappa bhajan followed by Makar jyothi darshanam
- 8:30 pm - Harivarasanam followed by dinner prasadam at 9:00 pm
The annual Surya Namaskar Yagna (which is hosted by Balagokulam ) will be celebrated from Jan 13th to Jan 28th. The Columbia kickoff event is on Saturday, Jan 13th at 10.00 am at our Temple and we invite all of you to be part of this health for Humanity campaign.
January 20th: Saraswathi Pooja at 10:30 am