800px-Ahilya_Ghat_by_the_Ganges,_VaranasiThe official Nithyananda Vedic Temple of New York was named Varanasi by Paramahamsa Nithyananda, after the ancient holy city in India.  The city of Varanasi was founded by Lord Shiva following his marriage with Parvati, after which the holy river Ganges first came down from the Himalayas to have Shiva’s darshan.  A pilgrimage destination for millions every year, it melts away the karmas of it’s visitors and grants liberation to the souls whose bodies are left in Varanasi’s Manikarnika Ghat – the largest cremation ground in the world.  Paramahamsa Nithyananda says, “this city is not built out of stone, pillar, pole or construction material – it is built out of all our intense sincere sacred sentiments.  This city is older than history itself…far older than legends itself…and still the most fascinating city in the world!”  The New York Vedic Temple has been given this most auspicious name, Varanasi!  Click here for information on temple events.

(Photo Credit:  Ahilya Ghat by the Ganges, Varanasi © CC BY-SA 2.0.  Ken Wieland – originally posted to Flickr as Ganges and Ghats – Varanasi)

 

NY Varanasi Temple2We are working towards establishing a new, larger temple location in New York, to further serve the local community.  The new temple will house full-sized deities energized by Paramahamsa Nithyananda, will offer more free programs and classes (meditation, kriya, yoga, children’s classes), anandhan (free food) and daily temple rituals  (pujas, homas, abishekam, etc).