BY RAVI R. PONANGI
Dr. Hyma Mikkilineni along with her executive committee assumed charge as president of the Hindu temple of Atlanta, Riverdale for a two-year term (2009 and 2010) in the presence of a huge gathering on New Year’s Day at the temple.
Talking about her plans for 2009 and 2010, Dr. Mikkilineni said: “Our temple has grown tremendously over the years. We have two temples- one is the Balaji temple and the other dedicated to Lord Siva- educational center and priest quarters. We need to have Yagasala. It is going to be our next project. We will start it shortly. We just finished the Indianization of Siva temple.”
Dr. Ravi Sarma, immediate past president of the temple, reminiscing about the two years (2007 and 2008) of his presidency said, “Last two years are very eventful and challenging and at the same extremely rewarding. When I look over the presidency of the temple, we had lot of things we needed to do, especially the completion of the architectural work on the Siva temple. In 2008 two monumental events took place. One is consecration of Siva temple called Siva temple kumbhabhishekam and renovation of Balaji temple called jeernoddharana kumbhabhishekam. Those in addition to annual Brahmotsavam”. These three major events took place in the span of 2 months. It took about thousands of hours of volunteer’s time and an enormous amount of expenses that contributed and supported by devotees.
Dr. Sarma also said temple executive committee held finances in a very tight manner that helped the temple to pay debt of the temple. Hindu temple of Atlanta is one of the major temples in the nation with very little outstanding debt. Temple operations are more streamlined, more organized and at the same time made sure that temple services are not curtailed. “When I handed over this office of presidency, I felt very good about the fact that the temple is sound, financially stable and it is being given to a very wonderful executive committee who will be led by our current president Dr.