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HTA Koti Kumkumarchana
Concludes With Celebrations
BY RAVI R. PONANGI
The grand celebration of SriMahalakshmi Koti Kumkumarchana that
started on Akshaya Tadiya, May 16 concluded, with events in the Hindu temple of Atlanta,
Riverdale (HTA) from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22.
On Friday, August 20th Varalakshmi Vratham was performed by more than 500 devotees individually inthe presence of His Holiness Sri Sri Sri
Tridandi Ramanuja China Jeeyar Swamiji. Swamiji explained the significance
of Koti Kumkumarchana and the need to worship goddess Lakshmi. The temple
witnessed memorable crowd despite inclement whether.
The three-day Ashtalaskhmi Yagam was per-formed as a part of Sri Mahalakshmi KotiKumkumarchana conclusion program from
Friday, August 20th to Sunday, August 22nd in a colorful traditionally
decorated Yagasala with divine chanting by eminent Vedic scholars, 15 priests along with 20
volunteer priests and many dedicated volunteers. Homams were performed in two sessions every day and
was concluded with Maha Purnahuti on Sunday, August22nd followed by a very special eye
pleasing Abhishekam for Lord Venkateswara, Mahalakshmiand Goda Devi. The
temple also performed Ashtottara Shata Rajatha Kalasha
Abhishekam (108 SilverKalasams) to SriMahalakshmi on this special occasion
HTA had drafted ten priests from India, in addition to the temple
priests to perform the special pujas. All the priests from India were
well trained in ancient Hindu practices. On each day, duly observing
the rituals of Abhishekam, homas and archanas, priests recited
various names of Sri Maha Lakshmi more than 100,000times daily for three months for a total of one
crore times. Many devotees said they would never forget this
wonderful occasion. Three month long program also included special Abhishekam for Sri Mahalakshmion Fridays at 7:00 PM and special
Mahalakshmi Homam on Sundays at 9:00 AM. On the final day,
alt he priests and office staff were felicitated with presentation
of plaques for their participation and devout service for the success of Koti Kumkumarchana. Dr.Hyma Mikkilineni presented plaques to all past
presidents recognizing their long years of service to HTA.
Approximately 1100 kilograms of Kumkuma from India was used for the Kumkumarchana.