Devotees said they were most inspired by the Maha Yajna hosted by Dayaram (popularly known as Ravie) and his charming wife (Nalinee) and family from September 1 thru 9 at the Dayaram Mandir on 192nd Street, off Hillside Ave. What a katha! Resplendent joy pervaded the atmosphere as the curtains came down on the sixteen sessions of the Yajna at the Dayaram Mandir last Sunday midday. The hosts and sponsors distributed a box of murthis to each family. The hosts also distributed a box of murthis last week Wednesday on the occasion of Dayaram’s fiftieth birthday and 22nd wedding anniversary of the lovely couple.
The temple was gaily decorated with huge beautiful murthis of many Gods and Goddesses, flowers, and party favours. Four huge murthis adorned the entrance of the mandir. Bhajan renditions echoed inside the hall before and after each session. Attendees were well attired with traditional colorful Indian garb. The hosts graciously welcomed devotees to each session.
Devotees described the yajna as among the best they attended and Mayaram mandir among the most beautiful temples in America. They also stated that they were most impressed with the Pandit’s discourse where he showcased his repertoire of knowledge on the sacred Hindu texts and singing ability. In addition to the katha discourse, there was also puja, havan, aarti, kirtan and bhajan singing, and the distribution of prasad and bhojan of varied menu. The Pandit fostered divinity in the temple. Volunteers moved around to refill ghee, place flowers, and other necessities for oblations. The host, Dayaram, moved around making sure everyone is accommodated inside the mandir. It was the largest gathering inside a mandir in NYC.
Every evening from Sept 1 thru Sep 9, the family doled out lavish gifts to attendees -- a first for any sponsor, or organizer or host of any kind of religious event in any part of the world to distribute gifts to attendees at religious discourses. Every session attracted hundreds of worshippers with Sunday morning service attracting a thousand and previousWednesday evening over seven hundreds. The day sessions also attracted a large gathering.
Devotees came night after night to listen to Pandit Krishna Misir of Hollywood Mandir, Florida, who presided over all the sessions ably assisted by a ground pandit who performed the rituals. He provided meaningful interpretation of verses or shlokas from the sacred texts. Pt. Misir’s informative message (pravachan) focused on a different theme. He recited mantras to the Gods to bring blessings, peace, and prosperity to the world. Many of life’s lessons (from the scriptures and current day) were conveyed beautifully by the pandit as he proceeded throughout each pravachan. He was ably assisted by a host of singers not the least being his wife and the magnificent Esther John who was present every night; Esther John is among the best bhajan singers among Indo-Caribbeans. All of the singers, including the popular Gita Bisram, mesmerized the large congregation.
The pandit showered accolades on Dayaram and his family. He prayed that God continue to bless him and his wife and children so that they will be able to continue to do his charitable work and worshipping the lord.
Dayaram and wife expressed gratitude to the attendees for finding time to come the mandir and listen to the word of God. Dayaram said his faith inspired him to do this yajna. He reminisced about his coming to the US, his difficult life, his marriage and his struggles to make it in America. He said the establishment of the mandir and the maha yajna is a token of his appreciation to the lord of his success. He urged people to invoke God in their lives. He hoped that Dayaram Mandir would continue to help people to focus on God and living a good life.
The attendees were most grateful for the gifts received nightly but more importantly for the knowledge and wisdom passed on by the pandit on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions. Devotees were also most pleased with the wide serving of bhojan that included traditional West Indian foods as well as ginger beer and mauby. Worshippers thanked Dayaram and his family for hosting what is arguably among the best public yajnas in America. They described Dayaram was described as an extraordinary individual and a source of inspiration for others to follow. They hope he sponsors more yagya and hope Pt. Krishna finds time to re-visit Queens.
Dayaram thanked Pt. Krishna Misir, his wife, the ground pandits, singers, volunteers, cooks, and all who helped to make the yajna a success. He told everyone that their help has been great. He felt humbled by their love and support. He said many helped with various aspects of the planning of the yajna and it was well executed and well done.
Write ups and pictures on the yajna can be seen on www.icdn.today website.