On Saturday November 7, 2015 the Devi Mandir hosted our Annual Diwali Mela featuring local talent from within the Devi Mandir as well as the surrounding community. The Mela featured cultural entertainment, classical dances and for the second year in a row there was a family photobooth where families were encouraged to dress their best and have a Diwali Family photo taken that they could share with their friends and family. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by over attendees who came out to support the event.
A sincerest thank you to everyone involved on making our Diwali Mela 2015 a wonderful experience. The decorations, performances, the music, the food and all the volunteers who prepared the hall before and those who cleaned after truly made this a wonderful experience.None of this is possible without everyone being involved and contributing in their own special way.
Jai Mata Di! The cold weather came in suddenly on Saturday ushering a reminder that winter is on it's way. Despite the drop in temperature, devotees of the Devi Mandir braved the cold weather to perform Lalita Devi Puja and Havan on Sunday October 18, 2015. In previous years, the Mandir's Annual Outdoor Havan was made challenging due to inclement weather but this year, a crew of dedicated volunteers ensured that the Havan would be able to continue.
The morning started off cold, but as puja commenced and Agni Devta was invoked by Pandit Damodar Sharma ji, all feelings of the cold disappeared as everyone's focus turned towards performing puja and calming the ever agitated mind.
Lalita is another name for Divine Mother, meaning Beautiful, Playful, and Beloved. She is Beautiful, because there is no other vision to compare with the Divinity of Existence. She is Playful, because all that we perceive is part of God’s drama. She is Beloved, because the Love of God is pure.
Lalita also means: She who orders and organizes Creation. She orders all of the karma of creation. All actions are authorized by Her, and everything we do is for Her, whether we know it or not.
When She approves actions, She gives the fruit of righteous conduct. When we stray from the path of dharma, She immediately sends us conflict and confusion. Our compassionate Divine Mother grants us the fruit of our actions, and thus, we learn which actions will bring us closer to Her.
Thank you to all the devotees who made this a very special occasion! Jai Mata Di!
Thank you to all the families, friends and devotees for coming out in such large numbers to our Ganesh Visarjan 2015. With close to 400 people in attendance, this celebration has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. Hindus from around the world have gathered at the Devi Mandir to celebrate this beautiful occasion. May Bhagwan Sri Ganesh bless you and your family with continues strength and may all your obstacles be removed.
On Sunday May 10, 2015, the Devi Mandir hosted Smt. Anuradha Paudwal in an intimate concert for devotees and fans alike. With only 400 tickets being printed and sold, everyone who was able to purchase a ticket was guaranteed to be amazed by one of India's foremost Bhajan and devotional singers. The atmosphere within the walls of the Mandir was electric as everyone eagerly anticpated the start of the concert and they certainly were not let down.
Among the attendees was Ian Cummings, City Councillor of Ward 2 in the City of Pickering who welcomed Anuradha on behalf of the City of Pickering. The Devi Mandir presented Anuradha ji with a Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her years in promoting and preserving the Indian Cultural Arts throughout the world.
Anuradha ji mesmerized the audience with her melodious voice and left the audience wanting more. Many attendees simply could not believe they were witnessing Anuradha Paudwal live at the Devi Mandir and made it a point not to take their eyes off the stage. It was truly a divine experience.
The purpose of this historic event was to support our 2015 Fundraising Campaign. In order to fully cater to the needs of our growing congregation, it is necessary that we embark on a Fundraising Campaign to implement modernization of the Mandir and upgrade its aging infrastructure. Our Capital Development Plan includes completion of Phase 2 of the Parking Lot, installation of a modern Sign and electronic gate at the entrance, security fencing, and renovation of the third floor to create two combination classrooms and conference rooms. The Devi Mandir is the Durham Region’s largest Hindu Temple, dedicated to serving the needs of the Hindu Community throughout the GTA, for over 25 years. The recipient of numerous awards in community outreach, the Devi Mandir is also an institution of learning where the Hindu way of life, its teachings and deep philosophies are passed on to all devotees with a focus on the new generation of Hindus growing up in Canada.
Many thanks to all our sponsors, devotees and volunteers who made this event truly a memorable occasion. If you haven't received a copy of our souvenir magazine, please drop by the Devi Mandir to pick up some copies for your friends and family.